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article imageJonathan Rhys Meyers joins cast of Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 4, 2014 in Entertainment
Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined the cast of Roland Emmerich’s gay-rights movie “Stonewall,” which has now begun production in Montreal.
The announcement that the Irish actor and Dracula star was joining the project was revealed earlier by Deadline.
As reported in April, Stonewall stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class). Irvine plays Danny Winters, a young man who flees to New York after being kicked out of his house.
Stonewall Inn
According to Deadline, “Homeless and destitute [Danny] 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 Mafia-run Stonewall Inn. There, he meets [Meyers’s suave character but also] catches the eye of the 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.’”
Deadline adds that Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Joey King (Fargo) have also now been announced for the film, with Perlman playing Stonewall’s manager.
On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, a mafia-owned bar that was a gathering place for gay and transgender people. Becoming a flashpoint for the fledgling gay-rights movement, the Stonewall riots today remains a touchstone — not just in America — in the fight for equal rights for gay and transgender people.
The script for Stonewall has been written by Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers & Sisters). Jonny Beauchamp (How to Make It in America), Karl Glusman (Starship Troopers: Invasion) and Ben Sullivan (Forever 16) also star.
Any Given Tuesday (screencap)
Any Given Tuesday (screencap)
L. A. Gay Center
In October 2013, Emmerich, who is openly gay, hosted a short film that dramatises the plight of homeless gay and transgender young people in the US. The film, Any Given Tuesday, which stars Noland Ammon (AwesomenessTV), was written and directed by Trent Kendrick (White House Down).
Emmerich will work on Stonewall — which he has described as “his passion project” — while he continues prepping the next instalment of Independence Day, due for release on July 1, 2016.
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