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Filming Begins on 'Free State of Jones' + Release Date Set + Synopsis (Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Mahershala Ali)

9 March 2015 2:36 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Motion picture and television studio Stx Entertainment has announced the beginning of principal photography on the theatrical feature "The Free State of Jones" in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. The "epic action-drama" (as the press release describes it) is written and directed by Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games," "Seabiscuit," "Pleasantville"), and stars Matthew McConaugheyGugu Mbatha-RawKeri Russell and Mahershala Ali.  Set during the Civil War, "The Free State of Jones" tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion »

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First Look: McConaughey Fights for Lincoln in 'Free State of Jones'

9 March 2015 2:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

While Matthew McConaughey has been schilling for Lincoln automobiles lately, we'll now get to see him on the big screen fighting for Abraham Lincoln in The Free State of Jones, a new Civil War drama from Pleasantville and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross. In the film, McConaughey plays a Mississippi man who defected from the Confederate Army and ended up banding together with a group of like-minded soldiers to set out to form their own state as the Free State Of Jones. And now we have the first photo of McConaughey in the middle of a Civil War battlefield, complete with a scraggly, grizzled beard. Look below! Here's the first photo from Gary Ross' The Free State of Jones (via The Film Stage): The Free State of Jones is written and directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Pleasantville). Banding together with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Look: Matthew McConaughey In Civil War Pic 'The Free State Of Jones'

9 March 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Pleasantville" and "Seabiscuit" writer/director Gary Ross in the midst of filming his followup to "The Hunger Games," and it's about as far away from the Districts as you can get. "The Free State Of Jones" finds him teaming with Oscar-anointed Matthew McConaughey for a modest, $20-million budgeted true story Civil War drama. Here's the official synopsis:  Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers, and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Free State of Jones' Photo Has Matthew McConaughey at War

9 March 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Motion picture and television studio Stx Entertainment has begun principal photography on the theatrical feature The Free State of Jones in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, it was announced by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of Stx Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. The epic action-drama is written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and stars Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, House of Cards).

The film is being produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, Safe House) through his Blue Grass Films shingle, with Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, The Hunger Games) producing through his Jon Kilik Productions, and Ross producing through his Larger Than Life Productions. Stx Entertainment is producing the film and recently announced plans to release the movie nationwide on March 11, 2016. Im Global »

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Matthew McConaughey in 'The Free State of Jones'

8 January 2015 8:55 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Gugu Mbatha-Raw had a pretty good 2014, with a pair of critically acclaimed performances that put her in the eyes of a lot of filmgoers. Belle is the one I have seen (the other being Beyond the Lights), and I totally agree with all the raves she has been getting. I do want to see Beyond the Lights as soon as I can, even if I did not hear the best things about it, just to see what she does. With these raves, it was only a matter of time before the Oxford native started getting parts left and right. Gary Ross (Pleasantville, The Hunger Games) has selected Mbatha-Raw to star opposite Matthew McConaughey in The Free State of Jones. If you want a sense of what the film is about, take a gander at the synopsis: Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a Confederate Army soldier in the Civil War, flees the »

- Mike Shutt

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