Mathew McConaughey begins filming ‘The Free State of Jones’ in Louisiana


If you were wondering what was up with Mathew McConaughey’s beard at Sunday night’s Oscars, rest assured he hasn’t given up on grooming, it was actually for his upcoming movie, The Free State of Jones.

Set during the Civil War, Jones follows a defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. “Opposed to both slavery and secession, Knight launched an uprising of poor white farmers that led Jones County, Mississippi to itself secede from the Confederacy, creating a “Free State of Jones.” His relationship and post-war marriage to a former slave, Rachel Knight, effectively established the region’s first mixed-race community. Knight, continued his fight into the post war period, resisting Klan activity through Reconstruction. His legendary rebellion distinguished Newt Knight as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.”

The Free State of Jones, which began shooting on Monday, will be filming in New Orleans, Lafayette, and Clinton, LA through May 28.

Locals interested in being extras, can check out the latest casting calls for the movie on Facebook. Crew inquiries can be directed to

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