Matthew McConaughey in talks over Free State Of Jones

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 November 2014
Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Oscar-winning star Matthew McConaughey has entered into talks to appear in 'Free State Of Jones', which tells the story of Newton Knight

Matthew McConaughey has entered into talks to star in 'Free State Of Jones'.

The Oscar-winning actor is interested in the project, which is being led by 'Hunger Games' director Gary Ross and tells the story of Newton Knight, who led a famous rebellion in America's Civil War.

McConaughey, 45, is in discussions to play the role of Knight, who was once a loyal Confederate recruit, but later defected from the army and led a group of troops who created the Free State of Jones, Deadline reports.

As the story progresses, Knight marries a slave - which was one of the first ever publicised mixed race unions in the south - and frees enslaved children after the conflict ends.

The project is being driven by Ross, 58, who has been striving to get the film made for a number of years.

Meanwhile, McConaughey revealed earlier this week that he opted to take a break from Hollywood after the release of his 2009 movie 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' because he had become "un-branded".

The actor - who appears alongside Anne Hathaway and Sir Michael Caine in 'Interstellar' - took a two-year hiatus in order to wait for a script which excited him.

He explained: "It was the anonymity that did it. I became kind of un-branded in the minds of others for a while."

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