Director Roland Emmerich took a break from otherwise high-octane action tentpoles to shoot “Stonewall,” his labor-of-love set in the gay civil rights milieu of 1969. Adapted from Jon Robin Baitz’s script, the film will be released on September 25, 2015 from Roadside Attractions. It stars Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman, alongside a cast of newcomers.
Shot in and around Montreal and Quebec, “Stonewall” depicts the 1969 Stonewall riots, an LGBT turning point that launched a fight for equality still waging today. Emmerich and his crew recreated the village in Manhattan circa 1969, including the Christopher Street neighborhood where the riots went down.
The film finds Irvine, breakout star of “War Horse,” playing Danny Winters, who’s kicked out of his parents’ home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, and destitute, he warms to a group of street kids who take him under their wings and to The Stonewall Inn, where a discriminated community of gays, lesbians and drag queens erupts in a storm of anger.
No word yet on whether or not the film will receive a festival berth. The latest in a line of film projects coming on the heels of the Supreme Court’s June ruling, “Stonewall” has yet to screen anywhere. The film, at least, is in qualified hands — namely, with Emmerich and Baitz, who are both gay.