Matthew McConaughey may defend his previous life as king of lazy rom-coms, but most people would agree that the more picky McConaughey of recent years is a far better proposition. The actor is continuing his run of interesting projects by getting on board to star in Free State Of Jones, according to Deadline.
The film is based ‘based on the untold and extraordinary story of Newton Knight, the leader of one of the greatest rebellions in Civil War history… McConaughey is in talks to play the Mississippian, who defected from the Confederate Army, banded together with a group of like-minded soldiers, and set out to form their own State known as the Free State Of Jones.’
Knight is seen by some as a hero and by others as an outlaw, however it seems clear he really didn’t believe in the Confederacy’s attempts to retain slavery, as he eventually married a former slave himself, which was one of the first mixed race marriages in Mississippi after the Civil War.
The hope is to get backing for the film so that it can shoot at the beginning on 2015.