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Matthew McConaughey To Star As Newton Knight In 'Free State Of Jones'?

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Oscar-winning star Matthew McConaughey has in talks to appear in "Free State Of Jones", which tells the story of Newton Knight, who led a famous rebellion in America's Civil War. At present, Matthew McConaughey is enjoying the positive review of his new sci-fi release, Interstellar.

McConaughey is interested in the project, which is being led by "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross. According to Deadline, Ross has been developing this big project for several years, planning a new take on the life of Newton Knight, who led one of the most famous rebellions in America's Civil War.

A Mississippi man who had been a loyal Confederate recruit, he defected from the army and took a group of like-minded troops with him to create the Free State of Jones. Knight later married a slave, creating one of the first ever publicised mixed race unions in the South, fought against the Confederates from within his new state and led a daring raid to free children who were still enslaved following the end of the conflict. McConaughey, 45, is in discussions to play the role of Knight.

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Matthew McConaughey To Star As Newton Knight In 'Free State Of Jones'?

As the story progresses, Knight marries a slave, which was one of the first ever publicised mixed race unions in the south, and frees enslaved children after the conflict ends.

The project is being driven by Ross, 58, who has been striving to get the film made for quite some time. Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for his 2013 hit movie, Dallas Buyers Club where he played an AIDS patient.

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