Matthew McConaughey will lead a rebellion against the Confederacy in his upcoming film Free State of Jones. In what appears to be a passionate and captivating role, McConaughey is merely adding to a series of films about America’s journey to liberty and justice for all, and as always, he’s on the side of justice. Recently, the official trailer for Free State of Jones was released and included inspiring dialogue from Matthew McConaughey’s character, Newt Knight.
“I’m tired of it. You, me, all of us — we’re all out there dying so they can stay rich. This fight’s for our children, and our children’s children.”
Unlike many other films which attempted to tell a story of Mississippi and other southern territories, Free State of Jones, tells the same story from the eyes of a Confederate solider who recognizes the unfairness of his actions. What can a poor Southern farmer do to make a difference in the sway of the Civil War? If Matthew McConaughey has anything to do with, an inspiring tale will lead the audience swiftly through the film Free State of Jones.
Similar to the passion McConaughey performed in the 1997 film Amistad and the conviction he showed in 1996’s A Time To Kill, Matthew’s character in Free State of Jones represents leadership during a time when people like him were expected to be quiet, take orders, and pay taxes. The one difference is that this time around, McConaughey’s not playing a lawyer, which may result in Free State of Jones being one of his most powerful Antebellum role thus far. Still, the question stands, is McConaughey’s talent alone good enough to bring such a story to life?
Though fans of Matthew’s may say yes, the truth is that McConaughey alone can’t make Free State of Jones a masterpiece. To assist him, Director Gary Ross (Hunger Games) brought in Gugu Mbatha-Raw to play a former slave who later marries Matthew McConaughey after the war, according toEntertainment Weekly. Given Mbatha-Raw’s dramatic performance in racially driven films like Belle and Beyond the Lights, she may be just what the doctor ordered. However, Matthew McConaughey is getting help from more than just his co-stars for this upcoming film.