Los Angeles: Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been cast in 'The Free State of Jones'. The 31-year-old 'Belle' actress and BAFTA Rising Star 2015 nominee will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in 'Hunger Games' director Gary Ross's American Civil War film, reported The Wrap.
'The Free State of Jones' will tell the little-known true story of military leader Newton Knight. McConaughey is in line to play the Confederate solider, who defected and attempted to establish his own state in Mississippi at the height of the conflict.
Mbatha-Raw will play Rachel, a slave whose relationship with Knight played a central part in his rebellion. The actress starred in 'Beyond the Lights' and will next be seen in 'Jupiter Ascending' and 'The Whole Truth'.