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Mahershala Ali & Keri Russell Join Matthew McConaughey & Gugu Mbatha-Raw In ‘Free State Of Jones’

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The Wrap bring word that Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell have joined Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in writer-director Gary Ross’ ‘Free State Of Jones.’ The film is based on the incredible story of Newton Knight (McConaughey), who’s best known as the leader of the Knight Company, a band of Confederate Army deserters that turned against the Confederacy during the Civil War. To avoid capture, the Knight men would disappear into swamp hideouts such as “Devil’s Den” or “Panther Creek.” The Knight Company was aided by sympathetic local people, whites and blacks. In particular, a slave woman named Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s role) helped supply Newt with food and information.  On the run, he rallied the support of fellow deserters to lead an uprising against their former comrades, in the process creating a free safe haven.

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