The drama centers around Danny Winters (Irvine), a fictional young man caught up in the 1969 Stonewall Riots. After being forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home, Danny takes refuge in Greenwich Village, New York and befriends a group of street kids who introduce him to the local watering hole, The Stonewall Inn. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.
“Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’ is an explosive, dramatic story set against one of the monumental events of the twentieth century, The Stonewall Riots,” said Roadside Attractions Co-President Howard Cohen. “Roadside is so proud to bring this stirring film to audiences.”
“I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now,” added Emmerich. “I am excited to work with Howard, Eric and the team at Roadside to get this film to audiences across the country.”
Roadside is planing a fall release for the independently produced film.