Next summer, Roland Emmerich is doing the expected blockbuster thing with “Independence Day: Resurgence,” but he’s got another kind of fireworks in store as well. The filmmaker is tackling perhaps the most iconic moment in the gay rights movement with “Stonewall,” and the first trailer has arrived.
Starring Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, Joey King, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis and Alexandre Nachi, the story follows a young man who flees from his hometown to New York City, where he winds up homeless before falling in with the city’s LGBT community. Here’s the official synopsis:
STONEWALL is a drama about a young man in New York caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement. Kicked out of his own home, young Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) flees to NY, leaving behind his beloved sister (Joey King). Homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the watering hole of the local drag queens, gays, lesbians, and everything in between: The Stonewall Inn. However, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. At the bar, Danny meets the suave Trevor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) before catching the eye of Ed Murphy (Ron Perlman), Stonewall’s repulsive manager who colludes with corrupt police, exploits homeless youth for financial gain, and is even suspected to have had a hand in some of their “disappearances.” It spirals out of control when the police unexpectedly raid Stonewall. In a storm of anger and with the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.
“Stonewall” opens on September 25th. Check out the trailer below.