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Ariana Bacle
November 05, 2014 AT 09:28 PM EST

Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey is going from space to back in time for his next project: According to Deadline, the Oscar winner is in talks to star in Free State of Jones.

Free State of Jones will be based on the true story of Newton Knight, a leader of one of the Civil War’s rebellions who fought against the Confederates and sought to form an entirely new state along with fellow soldiers. McConaughey would play Knight.

Gary Ross, the writer and director behind 2012’s The Hunger Games, is also in talks to get involved.

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