Trailer of the Hour: Free State of Jones

If there was ever a role that Matthew McConaughey seemed born to play, Civil War deserter would be at the top of the list. We’re a couple of years removed from the McConaissance triptych of MudDallas Buyers Club, and Interstellar, not to mention his instant-classic performance in season 1 of True Detective. Apart from a few car commercials, McConaughey’s been relatively quiet. I, for one, am excited about the prospect of watching him tear into a juicy role, but the Free State of Jones trailer seems to promise a story that he won’t have to carry. The tale of deserters who rebel against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi is rife with possibilities. Of course, it could be just another stuffy war picture, but the scene in the trailer with the women joining the fray and the inclusion of Gugu Mbatha-Raw have me hopeful for something with a little more depth.


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