Matthew McConaughey Starrer 'Free State of Jones' Trailer Released

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The Civil War drama tells the story of Newt Knight, a farmer and one-time Confederate soldier who ultimately deserts and leads a rebellion against the Confederacy.

The first trailer for the Civil War drama Free State of Jones was released Saturday, featuring some pretty intense scenes. 

Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey stars in the film written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross.

McConaughey plays Newt Knight, a farmer and one-time Confederate soldier who ultimately deserts and leads a rebellion consisting of other farmers and slaves against the Confederacy in Jones County, Miss.

The film is based on a true story. 

The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali.

Ross previously directed Seabiscuit and The Hunger Games

Free State of Jones is scheduled for a May 13 release.