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Matthew McConaughey Joins Civil War Drama ‘Free State of Jones’

Matthew McConaughey is heading to Civil War drama “Free State Of Jones” with “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross on board to helm.

Jon Kilik, Scott Stuber and Gary Ross are producing the $65 million project, scheduled for shooting in the first quarter of next year.

Robert Simonds’ still-unnamed studio, dubbed STX by many, and IM Global are in talks to co-finance.

If the deal goes through, STX would be taking domestic rights and IM Global would have international rights, which are being discussed at AFM. CAA is brokering the domestic deal.

McConaughey will play Newton Knight, a soldier who flees the battlefields after being disillusioned by the horrors that touched his own family. On the run, he rallies the support of fellow deserters to lead an uprising against their former comrades, in the process creating a free safe haven.

News was first reported by Deadline.com.

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