Hollywood filmmaker Roland Emmerich has largely built his career by doing action blockbuster films, with features such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, and White House Down to his credit. Emmerich’s next film, however, will see him diverge into a new area as he tackles a dramatic retelling of a true life event, tackling the Stonewall riots of 1969 in the US that were spurned by anti-gay actions by law enforcement. Titled Stonewall, the film’s synopsis is as follows.
STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.
Emmerich takes solely on directing duties this time around, working from a script by Brothers & Sisters and The Slap creator Jon Robin Baitz. Joining Jeremy Irvine onscreen will be Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, and Caleb Landry Jones, and the film will make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theatres on September 25th. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.