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Jeremy Irvine to star in Roland Emmerich's Stonewall riots movie

Great Expectations

Story by Jack Foley

JEREMY Irvine is to star in a film about the notorious Stonewall riots in New York.

Being directed by Roland Emmerich – whose past credits include Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow – the film will tell the story of the 1969 riots at Stonewall Inn, in New York’s Greenwich Village, a Mafia-owned bar that was popular with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

It was one of the few places in the city that the lesbian and gay community could drink and dance without being abused – although the police would often carry out raids during the early evenings.

However, when a number of officers turned up at 1am on June 28, 1969, a riot broke out involving 500 to 600 people, eventually forcing the police to retreat and ushering in a new resolve by the lesbian and gay community to oppose raids and discrimination.

This, in turn, resulted in new groups being formed to promote gay rights and – one year later – the first gay pride march in the city.

According to Deadline, the film’s story will unfold through the eyes of one young man’s political awakening.

Jon Robin Baitz has written the screenplay, which Emmerich intends to direct before his Independence Day sequel, currently due in cinemas in the summer of 2016.

Irvine was most recently seen alongside Colin Firth in The Railway Man and is also notable for War Horse and Great Expectations. He will shortly be seen in The Woman In Black sequel Angel of Death.

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