STX Entertainment announced that the Civil War epic is moving from a May 13 release date to June 24. Gary Ross helms the story of Southern farmer Newt Knight, who leads a rebellion against the Confederacy. He flees the battlefields after being disillusioned by the horrors that have touched his own family. On the run, he rallies the support of fellow deserters to lead an uprising against their former comrades, in the process creating a free safe haven. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell also star.
“We’re all out there dying so they can stay rich,” McConaughey intones as Knight in the film’s trailer.
The film will now be going up against “Independence Day: Resurgence” and Blake Lively thriller “The Shallows” at the box office.
This isn’t the first time “Free State of Jones” has been delayed. Back in October it was announced that the project was being pushed from March 11 to the date in May.