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