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Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey filming new movie in New Orleans

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A Civil War drama starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey is filming in New Orleans.

Principle photography for “The Free State of Jones” is filming in New Orleans, the studio announced on Monday.

The action-drama is written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and stars Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, "House of Cards").

Set during the Civil War, “The Free State of Jones” tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, and his armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers, and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

The film has been filming in New Orleans for several days already, according to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune. Yellow signs reading “Jones” are posted off the northbound span of the Causeway indicating filming in the area.

The film is due in theaters on March 11, 2016.

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