'Free State of Jones' movie premiere creates buzz in Jones Count - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

'Free State of Jones' movie premiere creates buzz in Jones County

photo credit: IM Global photo credit: IM Global
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The highly anticipated "Free State of Jones" movie is causing lots of excitement within the Jones County community.

It tells the story of Newt Knight, a Confederate deserter, who led a rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War.

The show will premiere at the Laurel Mall on Thursday, and one will see a few familiar faces on the big screen.

 “There’s a lot of local actors in it,” Jones County native Lynn Byrd said. “I think it’s great because Matthew McConaughey is in it, and I’m super excited and can’t wait to see it.”

One familiar face one may see on the big screen is Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge’s son, Brayden.

“One scene I was just with two or three people, I don’t wanna give away any spoilers,” Brayden Hodge said.

But one might not even recognize him because in the movie, he played the part of a Union and Confederate soldier.

Hodge said his favorite part of the experience was seeing Mathew McConaughey in action.

“He wanted to be called Newt, he didn’t want to be called Matthew and he would take this very seriously," Brayden Hodge said. "He didn’t even break character."

The Jones County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority hopes the hype surrounding the movie will increase tourism rates.

“We want to have guests in, we’ve already seen some,” Jones County Economic Development Authority Vice President Larkin Simpson.  “I’ve had a lot of the family members who are out of state contact me and ask me about having family reunions.”

The County EDA and Chamber of Commerce have also started putting out signs reading “The New State of Jones,” which was inspired by the movie.

However, whether one decides to see the movie or not, the movie will highlight the history of Jones County during the Civil War.

On Saturday, the Slow Boat Brewery will host a “Downtown Jamboree” to celebrate Jones County's history.

The event will last from 3-9 p.m., local cast members will be there as well as live music.

Copyright 2016 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Mississippi police departments looking for qualified applicants

    Mississippi police departments looking for qualified applicants

    Monday, November 20 2017 9:38 PM EST2017-11-21 02:38:48 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    A couple Mississippi police departments are searching for qualified applicants to join their team. The Hattiesburg and Biloxi police departments have encouraged qualified people to apply for positions within the departments. HPD has started an "Our story, your opportunity" Facebook video campaign to recruit potential new law enforcement officers.   HPD Recruitment | Our Story. Your Opportunity If you are interested in joining the Hattiesburg Polic...

    More >>

    A couple Mississippi police departments are searching for qualified applicants to join their team. The Hattiesburg and Biloxi police departments have encouraged qualified people to apply for positions within the departments. HPD has started an "Our story, your opportunity" Facebook video campaign to recruit potential new law enforcement officers.   HPD Recruitment | Our Story. Your Opportunity If you are interested in joining the Hattiesburg Polic...

    More >>
  • Petal School District recognized by Forrest County Board of Supervisors

    Petal School District recognized by Forrest County Board of Supervisors

    Monday, November 20 2017 8:43 PM EST2017-11-21 01:43:42 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The Board of Supervisors recognized the Petal School District during Monday's meeting. Board President David Hogan read a proclamation honoring them as the number one district in the state. The school was at the top in the rankings released by the Mississippi Department of Education in October. The school district was one of only fifteen districts to receive the "A" grade rating. "We're very excited about our ranking as far as being the number one district...More >>
    The Board of Supervisors recognized the Petal School District during Monday's meeting. Board President David Hogan read a proclamation honoring them as the number one district in the state. The school was at the top in the rankings released by the Mississippi Department of Education in October. The school district was one of only fifteen districts to receive the "A" grade rating. "We're very excited about our ranking as far as being the number one district...More >>
  • Bridge on North 12th Street to be replaced

    Bridge on North 12th Street to be replaced

    Monday, November 20 2017 8:34 PM EST2017-11-21 01:34:06 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The Forrest County Board of Supervisors considered bids to replace a bridge during their Monday meeting.  Bids were taken into consideration to replace a bridge near Hattiesburg High School on North 12th Avenue near Conti Street. A third-party inspection was made on the bridge just south of the high school and it was determined that it needed to be replaced due to having wood pilings for support. According to the board attorney, the bid was awarded to Mago Inc. const...More >>
    The Forrest County Board of Supervisors considered bids to replace a bridge during their Monday meeting.  Bids were taken into consideration to replace a bridge near Hattiesburg High School on North 12th Avenue near Conti Street. A third-party inspection was made on the bridge just south of the high school and it was determined that it needed to be replaced due to having wood pilings for support. According to the board attorney, the bid was awarded to Mago Inc. const...More >>
Powered by Frankly