Roland Emmerich has made a career out of large scale destruction in mega-blockbusters such as “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012,” but while he may be scaling back for the upcoming drama, “Stonewall,” he’s still making sure his affinity for action remains intact. The drama stars Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse”) opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and more.
“Stonewall” 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 parents’ 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 local LGBTQ community erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.
“I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now,” said Emmerich when the film was picked up for distribution by Roadside Attractions in March. Given the recent legalization of gay marriage this summer, his statements are certainly true.
“Stonewall” hits theaters on September 25. Watch the rousing trailer above, courtesy of the film’s Twitter page.