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‘War Horse’ star Jeremy Irvine to star in Emmerich's gay rights film ‘Stonewall’

Jeremy Irvine attends the UK Premiere of 'The Railway Man' at Odeon West End on December 4, 2013 in London, England.
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Director Roland Emmerich’s next film, “Stonewall”, has found its leading man. According to a report by on April 9, “War Horse” star Jeremy Irvine has been cast to star in the film.

The film, scripted by Jon Robin Baitz, is about what many consider as the turning point for the gay rights movement. The raid at the now historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village took place on June 28, 1969. The mob-owned bar was a gathering place for gays and transgenders during that time and the raid triggered riots, which galvanized a community in the fight for equal rights.

The openly gay director gave a brief detail of the film when he addressed the press last April.

“It’s about these crazy kids in New York, and a country bumpkin who gets into their gang, and at the end they start this riot and changed the world.”

The young “country bumpkin” will be played by Irvine, who begins his political awaking and awareness during that time as the riots became a point in history when the gay community started making a stand in their freedoms and showed a new militancy in fighting against discrimination.

The role for Irvine will be a challenging, but potentially rewarding role for the young British actor who got his first big break starring in the big screen adaptation of “War Hourse.” The busy actor has also appeared in “The Railway Man” along with Colin Firth and is currently working on other projects including the film “Fallen” which is currently in production.

Emmerich will begin production on the film ahead of the sequel to the 1996 Sci-fi blockbuster “Independence Day.” Bringing the pivotal moment in the gay rights movement to the big screen may be seen as a decade late, but it may just be the right timing as gay rights are in the forefront of today’s focal issues.

Michael Fossat, Marc Fydman and Emmerich will produce the film and Markus Forderer is slated to be the cinematographer on the film.

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