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Stonewall riots film gets release date and new photo

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Philippe Bossé

Stonewall, the biopic depicting the titular 1969 New York riots that launched the LGBT rights movement, has been given a release date.

Roadside Attraction announced Tuesday that Roland Emmerich’s project will be released Sept. 25. The company also released a new look of the upcoming movie, which stars Jeremy Irvine and Jonny Beauchamp.

The film follows Irvine’s Danny Winters — a fictional character — who is kicked out of his home and runs away to New York in 1969, finding refuge in the Stonewall Inn. Danny and his friendly cohabitants face discrimination until things boil over with a police raid on June 28, 1969. That sparked the violent and vocal outrage and protests. By the one-year anniversary of the raid, gay pride parades took place in major U.S. cities.

Stonewall is directed by Emmerich and written by Jon Robin Baitz, both openly gay men. Emmerich caught up with EW last year during production and explained why he wanted to do this movie, a stark contrast from his disaster blockbusters. It was sparked by learning 40 percent of homeless youths were gay.

“[Gay] kids get thrown out of their homes and become homeless, and [my movie] is like a story of one of these kids who gets involved in the whole Stonewall riots,” he told EW, “because the riots were actually kind of done by the kids. A lot of them were homeless. They were hustlers, kids who had nothing to lose.”

The film is the second significant production to cover the riots: 1995’s Stonewall featured Scandal‘s Guillermo Diaz. Emmerich’s film also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman.

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