Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his family but is soon branded an outlaw deserter. Forced to flee, he finds refuge with a group of runaway slaves hiding out in the swamps. Forging an alliance with the slaves and other farmers, Knight leads a rebellion that would forever change history.
Watch our interview with McConaughey who shares what led him to take on the role of Newt Knight, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw who shares her experience working with Director, Gary Ross and his dedication to deliver the authenticity and history to Free State of Jones.
Free State of Jones is showing in theatres nationwide.