The Free State Of Jones - Movie

The Free State Of Jones – Movie

Riding high off of his Academy Award winning role in the touching drama film Dallas Buyers Club and his critically lauded turn in the riveting HBO series True Detective, Hollywood’s man of the moment has set his sights on his next high profile project and a number of casting opportunities will soon be up for grabs in it. The Free State Of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey is gearing up to begin shooting and aspiring performers of all types can submit themselves for consideration for available roles today.

The Free State Of Jones will star Mr. McConaughey (To Kill A Mockingbird, Dazed And Confused, The Lincoln Lawyer) in the true story of Newt Knight, one of the most unique figures in all of American history. Knight was a Southern farmer who led a band of fellow poor white farmers against the Confederacy. Standing against secession and slavery, Knight led his men of Jones County, Mississippi to separate and declare

themselves a “Free State Of Jones”. In addition to leading this historic uprising during the war, his efforts continued after the Union’s victory as he fought against Klan activity and married former slave Rachel, which began the roots of the nation’s first mixed race community. A truly fascinating man, Knight is also seen as one of the most divisive figures of The Civil War and just the kind of complex character that McConaughey can tackle like few others working today.

Written and directed by 4-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (Pleasantville, The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit), The Free State Of Jones will feature rising star BAFTA Award nominee Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Touch, Belle), Golden Globe winner Keri Russell (The Americans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Austenland), Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, House of Cards, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and a producing team of Mr. Ross, Scott Stuber (Safe House, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Identity Thief) and Academy Award nominee Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Foxcatcher).

Casting calls for this based on a true story tale will be taking place soon and actors interested in submitting themselves for any and all available roles throughout production can send emails to We will be posting all audition updates as soon as they are released so keep checking back for updates and leave a message in the space below and tell us what you think of this new film and why you want to land a role alongside Matthew McConaughey in The Free State Of Jones.

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100 Casting Responses

  1. Sadie Houston

    This sounds great. My name is Sadie Houston, I’m 23 years old and this story line is interesting!

  2. Justin Bradley

    This sounds very unique and interesting. And not to mention the absolutely astonishingly good actors that are taking part. I love good ole’ Matt Mcon! He is one of my greatest inspirations for acting. I just recently discovered that I have a passion for acting and decided that it is the career that I want to pursue. I have little acting experience, only a few productions back in high school and once in the local community arts center by my home, a part which i received much praise from everyone for doing but I am currently taking acting classes in college. I would be a great addition to this movie because I love history and take great interest in the wars that have happened. I’ll do whatever it takes for any role I am playing to be believable. I am not afraid of criticism and am an overall genuinely friendly guy. I am a fast learner with everything I do and once i focus on something, I don’t stop until it’s perfect. I have studied for hours on end, many different actors’ many roles.
    I am a 19 year old white Caucasian male – 6’1″ 170 pounds of pure muscle baby!.
    I workout almost every day and make sure my body is always sculpted. I am an extreme sports enthusiast. I used to be able to backflip a motorcycle and i can still do flips on a wakeboard. I hate to sound conceited but I am a good looking guy; I know because I have been told this by many people.
    When I watch movies I feel like I am a part of them, so i can only imagine actually being a part of them! I would love to be a part of this film because it would be a great experience working alongside such revered actors and would be a great experience to put under my belt. Thank you!

  3. Jared Jenson

    My name is Jared Jenson
    I am a 35 yr old native Texan
    blonde hair, blue eyes
    220lbs,alot of tattoos,muscular/stalky build.
    I am A diverse actor with a natural talent for acting,and I can play about any role
    given to me to play out with no hesitation.I can be dangerous/mean,
    smart&sophisticated,funny,or a combonation of these.I would like a spot on this
    film because I am a fan of matthew McConaughey’s work,and I am very interested
    in ANY film reguarding the south.I am good with accents,always willing to learn
    and dont believe theres any role to small to do.

  4. jacqueline martinez

    hi my name is Jacqueline martinez I am 14 and would love to be part of this project. I can really make any character come to life. I find ways to connect with part. please consider me for this project. thank you

  5. Megan McAndrew

    Name: Megan McAndrew
    Age: 57
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Height: 5’4″
    Weight: 112
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Blue
    Hello, I have long wanted to be involved in filmmaking. My professional experience has been as a musician, teacher, and director of school plays, musicals and one opera. I am currently involved in some light musical theater. I am particularly interested in movies which inspire the values of equality, the common good and the human soul. Give a holler if you need someone of my characteristics/qualifications. Thanks!

  6. Megan McAndrew


    I have long wanted to be involved with filmmaking. My professional experience has been as a musician, teacher, and director of school plays and an opera. I am currently enjoying my involvment in some light musical theater. I particularly am interested in films which tell true stories which are inspiring to the values of equality and respect for the soul. I am 5’4″, 112 lbs., and have long brown hair, blue eyes, and a light complexion. I am 57 years in age.

  7. Royal Mckenzie

    I would like to be apart of this very much needed movie.
    It seems like were becoming a divided Country, and not
    The greatest country in the world, as I believe.
    We just need something to shake us up a bit, so we can see that we are one. There is alot of our history that has been
    Forgotten,twisted and distorted, and we begin to listen
    To people who look like they know how it was,but after
    Talking to them for awhile, you realize they are just giving you bits and pieces and callin it a whole meal.
    I look forward to being apart of this ionic mission.
    Im 6 4″ / 235 lb, bald with salt n pepper beard, muscular build,
    And always ready to learn something new. I presntly work on a Psych Unit as a nurse tech, but Im ready for a career change. I live in SNELLVILLE, ga. Number 770 374 1733. Thankyou either way, we need information to help heal our great country.

  8. Jade High

    Hello, my name is Jade High. I’m very interested and would take any role given to me, whether it is speaking or non-speaking! I’m 17, About 5’11” / 6′ , and approx. 140 pounds. I am mixed with white and black but i’m on the lighter side. I’m a little bit on the skinnier side but not unhealthy. I have brown eyes and shortish black hair which is often styled in a natural afro. I live an hour away from Dallas, Texas in a town called Corsicana.

    I have a good soprano voice and am in A’Capella choir at school. I have a lot of acting past in theatre ever since I was six and have had many star roles in known musicals and plays including Oz (Scarecrow), Tarzan(Turk), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Imogene Herdman) and Alice in Wonderland (The Cheshire Cat). I once won an “All Star Cast” award (Basically runner up for best actor/actress) in Navarro County Middle School One Act Play competition back when I was in 8th grade. I’ve played many roles in various plays, but i’m especially good at playing witty sidekicks, creepy characters, crazy/psychotic characters, stupid characters, victims, villians/villian-like characters(for example, a bully),annoying/over-reacting characters, and just plain normal people as well! If you’re looking for a certain voice, I’m from Dallas so I have an average american/city accent, but i’m pretty good at Western.

    I can also make myself cry and really get into my character! I feel with my character, be it fear, sadness, power,excitement, etc.

    I am very good at keeping from laughing when not supposed to.

    I’m also very good at keeping my cool in stressful schedules and situations.

    I would be honored if you would even look at this entry, let alone audition me.

    If you would like to contact me in any way, feel absolutely free to do so at

    If you would prefer to speak to an adult, you can contact my Mother, Tabitha Wilkes at or by calling/texting 903-874-4497.

  9. Stephanie

    I currently live in Austin, TX (been here eight years) but am originally from Jones County, Mississippi (born and raised in Laurel). Everyone in my hometown is so excited to see this film come to light, I know it’s been in talks for ages. My social media feeds blew up a few months back when Matthew visited Laurel. Would love, love to be a part of this amazing project!

    Name: Stephanie
    Sex: Female
    Age: 29
    Race: Caucasian
    Height: 5′ 3″
    Weight: 130
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Brown

  10. Francisco

    I’ll love to be apart of this project
    My name is francisco
    Email :
    Height : 5’4
    Age : 15
    Hair color : short , brown
    Eye color : brown
    I love to model / act
    I’m from Brooklyn New York

  11. Daulton O'connor Channel

    Name: Daulton O’Connor Channel
    Age: 15
    Birthday: March 7, 2000
    Gender: Male
    Height: 5’11
    Weight: 148 lbs
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Hazel
    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Hometown: Douglass, Texas

    Side Note:
    I am very interested in this movie. I was born and raised in East Texas, and I have a thick southern accent that I am capable of turning on and off. I am a very persuasive, and powerful speaker. I have experience with One Act Play or OAP. I feel that I can contribute to this movie as an extra, or an actor. I am 148 lbs but, I am not “fat” or “thick”. I am in shape, with a very athletic build.

    Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from y’all.

  12. Cian Lynch

    I am 15, from Austin, Texas. I am 6 feet tall and I weight 140 pounds. I am a caucasian male with longer dirty blonde hair and blue eyes. I am sometimes told I resemble Brad Pitt himself. I feel strong and confident about my skills.

  13. angela

    Would love to battle along side and help the story show how freedom does matter no matter how small. With my 25 years of experience acting from TV to theatre to film I know I could help the story unfold and start a new beginning in all of the viewers minds eye. Thank you for your time and look forward to working with you in the near future from pre to post production.

  14. Alexandra Matalanga

    My name is Alexandra and I would like to apply for a role.
    I am a fully African, 15 year old girl. I have black hair and dark brown eyes.
    Thank you.

  15. Emilie Hutchinson

    Hi my name is Emilie Hutchinson and I am currently 16 years old.

    I understand that you have received a lot of these comments and probably don’t have the time to read them all, but I will test my luck anyway (which isn’t very lucky).

    I have a passion for acting because it enables me to step into another persons skin and walk around in it (mind my quote from ‘To kill a mockingbird”). For as long as I can remember, I have yearned for something more, something different and exciting. I feel that acting is the best way to express myself and my passions.

    I live in a small town in Victoria, Australia, but I have always wanted to travel and see what the world has to offer, but more importantly, show the world what I have to offer. I not only want to make an impact, I want to make a difference. Even if it’s a small difference, like inspiring someone to chase after their dreams, regardless of whether they seem unattainable or nearly impossible.

    So far, I have wanted to be an archaeologist, mythologist, a travel blogger, a singer, an explorer (or more specifically, Indiana Jones as a women), and most significantly, an actor. But I never believed that I could achieve any of that as I’m a country girl from a small seaside town. In all likelihood, I’ll settle on being a physiotherapist because I’m good at anatomy and physiology. Honestly, I don’t want to settle on a life that I might enjoy, with endless routines and schedules. I am officially deciding to believe that I can do the impossible, beat the odds and be what and who I want to be. I just need to convince you to take a leap of faith and trust in my convictions.

    My name is Emilie Hutchinson and I believe that I would be a good member of the free state of jones cast.

    I have long dark brown hair that gradually turns caramel brown and Indigo coloured eyes (light blue with grey). I am slim and tall(ish) with a fair complexion. Unfortunately, this fair skin of mine is accompanied by a few freckles, not many on my face but a lot on my arms.

    Please contact me if you are interested in exercising a small town girls dream. If you do contact me, I will send a picture, my height and any other information you need. Please, take that leap of faith with me.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

  16. Amanda

    Gender: female
    Age Range: 15-18
    Height: 5’6
    Hair: ombré
    Eyes: brown
    Experience: did modeling in the past
    Side note: I am more of a new face
    Speaks: Spanish and English

    Email Me For More Information.

  17. Courtney Brandon

    How do ya do? My name is Courtney. I’m not anyone special, but I am as fun as crap to be around. I would love to color up your background! I am about to be 25. I have the look that would work great in civil war era. I would love the opportunity.

  18. Nicole Guzman

    Name: nicole guzman
    age: 16
    Ethnicity: Hispanic and african american (I look more african american so this will be a wonderful opportunity for me)
    Experience: participate in many plays mostly drama ( once played racheal in strength of our spirits. With was a play about the Holocaust and my character was a single mother who had did everything and anything to keep her children safe. So I am very interested in this production. And hope to be apart. Thank you!

  19. Rick Droit

    I’m an American songwriter, poet, graphic artist and have done some theatre and extra work, would love the chance to stretch my abilities, LoL, I used to live in Austin when Matthew would be playing Bongos at his parties , also songs from my new album “Return of the Firehorse” would make for some great background music.

  20. Lee Cannon

    Would like to work on The Free State of Jones in any role. I have been growing a beard for 10 months. I have horses that I can ride and shoot off of. When and where will the movie filmed?
    I am retired and looking for new opportunity. 5’5″ 150lbs. Please contact me.
    Thanks Lee

  21. Brittany Gillian

    My name is Brittany Gillian. I am 22 years old and am extremely interested in this film. My husband and I live in a small, southern town and are an interracial couple. I think I would be able to connect to the power in this movie. I have some acting experience with O.C. Studios. I am very outgoing, confident, and love portraying different characters. I have been passionate about becoming and actress since I was little.

    Name: Brittany Gillian
    Gender: Female
    Age: 22
    Height: 5’5″
    Weight: 145 lbs.
    Hair: Dark Brown
    Eyes: Hazel

  22. Milly

    Hi my name is Milly. I am 20 years old and a pre-med student, and I always had the passion for directing a movie but I have been advised that I should start the feel of the job from actually being part of it. So I taught I may start as an actor, if given the chance. Hope to get a replay,thank you.

  23. Valerie spears

    I am a 20 year old woman born and raised in the south. I’m very free spirited with a charming personality. I would absolutely love to be apart of this movie. I think it would be a fun way to exercise my talents. Given the chance o think I could make an unforgettable impression.

  24. Heather Morrison

    I am a teacher looking to be an actor. I have experience working with children of all ages. My experience would be helpful in all capacities. If the actors need personal assistants. I am not star struck as I have worked with some professional athletes working as admistrative assistants for sports camps. I can provide references if necessary. I live in NC but I am willing to travel as well.

  25. Jason Moore

    Hello. I’m a 38 year old male and new to the acting scene. I’m interested in ANY role whether it’s speaking or non-speaking. Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon.