Matthew McConaughey’s new movie is called “Free State of Jones,” and it deals with a group of poor folks in the South who band together during the Civil War to resist the Confederacy.
Based on a true story, the movie is scheduled for release this summer. And the trailer makes it look like a winner.
Gary Ross writes and directs the film, which also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell. Ross previously directed “The Hunger Games,” “Seabiscuit” and “Pleasantville.”
Much of the history of the rebellion led by McConaughey’s character, Newton Knight, is detailed in the 2003 book “The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War,” by longtime Texas State professor Victoria E. Bynum.