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article imageStonewall: Jeremy Irvine, Caleb Landry Jones for Emmerich film

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 23, 2014 in Entertainment
Two of current cinema’s hottest young actors are set to appear in Roland Emmerich’s new movie “Stonewall” — which will tell the story of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York’s Greenwich Village.
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 the gay and transgender people.
Earlier this month, Deadline said that Emmerich’s film will focus on one young man’s political awakening in the backdrop of those riots.
Deadline also reported that Jeremy Irvine — the 24-year-old who shot to fame last year after starring in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse — was “set to lead the cast as Danny, a young man who experiences a political awakening during the riots.”
At the beginning of April, Irvine appeared in Railway Man. He is currently working on Fallen, having recently completed work on Hammer’s The Woman in Black: Angel of Death — the sequel to 2012’s The Woman in Black, which starred Harry Potter ’s Daniel Radcliffe — The World Made Straight and, with Michael Douglas, The Reach.
Now, Deadline is reporting that Caleb Landry Jones — of X-Men: First Class and Antiviral — is also in negotiations to join the film’s cast.
Caleb Landry Jones
Caleb Landry Jones
Previous to playing Banshee his X-Men role, Jones, 24, played Jimmy Adler on Friday Night Lights. More recently, he starred in Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, Neil Jordan’s Byzantium and Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral.
Next, he will be seen opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, in God’s Pocket, the directorial debut from John Slattery. He will also be seen in Jeff Preiss’s Low Down and stars John Boorman’s Queen and Country.
Of his Stonewall character, Deadline describes him as “an eccentric gay street hustler named Orphan Annie, who at first resists then warms up to Danny and later participates in the Stonewall uprising.”
Any Given Tuesday (screencap)
Any Given Tuesday (screencap)
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The script for Stonewall has been written by Jon Robin Baitz for Centropolis Films. As well as directing duties, Emmerich will be producing, alongside Michael Fossat and Marc Frydman. Meanwhile, Kirstin Winkler and Adam Press are executive-producing.
Last October, Emmerich hosted a short film that dramatises the plight of homeless gay and transgender young people in the US. The film, Any Given Tuesday, was written and directed by Trent Kendrick.
Emmerich is expected to start production on Stonewall, which has been described as “his passion project,” while he continues prepping the next installment of Independence Day, due for release on July 1, 2016.
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