Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali Join Matthew McConaughey on ‘Free State of Jones’

by Jordan McGuire on February 13, 2015


Matthew McConaughey’s Civil War drama The Free State of Jones adds Keri Russell and House of Cards star Mahershala Ali. Gary Ross, director of The Hunger Games, will produce and direct from the script he wrote.

Free State of Jones is currently in production in Louisiana. Russell will play the wife of Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey). Mahershala Ali will play an escaped slave who befriends Knight’s rebellion against the Confederacy.

It will be very interesting how McConaughey and Ali play together on screen. McConaughey returns to Louisiana after his brilliant portrayal of Detective Rust Cohle in HBO’s True Detective. 

Ali and Russell have both had stints filming in New Orleans over their careers. Russell starred in the recent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Ali played alongside Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

There is currently no release date for The Free State of Jones.