Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Free State of Jones’ Set Against ‘Snowden,’ ‘Friday the 13th’

“The Free State of Jones,” a historical action-adventure with Matthew McConaughey, will now duke it out with the world’s most notorious whistleblower and cinema’s deadliest mass-murder.

The film was originally slated to hit theaters on March 11, 2016, but STX Entertainment has pushed the picture back to May 13, 2016, where it will face off against “Snowden.” The drama about NSA leaker Edward Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is directed by Oliver Stone. It will also do battle with “Friday the 13th,” a remake of the classic horror film.

“The Free State of Jones” centers on a Southern farmer who joins with slaves to lead an armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”) directs the picture. In its old date, “Free State of Jones” would have mixed it up with the Todd Phillips comedy “Arms and the Dudes” and the thriller “Valencia.” By moving the picture, STX Entertainment is trying to take advantage of the start of summer box office season.

The studio also announced it had found a date for “The Space Between Us,” an adventure-romance with Gary Oldman and Asa Butterfield. The picture about a teenager born on Mars who begins an online romance with a girl in Colorado will debut on July 29, 2016. It will be a piece of counter-programming against the upcoming “Bourne” sequel, which finds Matt Damon returning to the role of the amnesiac spy. STX bought “The Space Between Us” from bankrupt Relativity Media while it was in pre-production.

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