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Jeremy Irvine to star in Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’

By Sam Rigby


Jeremy Irvine has joined the cast of Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall.

The film – based on the 1969 riots seen as the starting point for the modern gay rights movement in the US – is due to start shooting this spring.

According to Deadline, War Horse actor Irvine will take on the lead role of a young man who discovers his love for politics during the turbulent time.

German film-maker Emmerich, who is gay and known as a campaigner for LGBT rights, has an impressive CV that also includes blockbusters such as 2012, The Day After Tomorrow and most recently, 2013′s White House Down starring Channing Tatum.

The Stonewall riots began in response to a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in the Greenwich Village district.

America’s first gay rights marches took place a year later in New York, LA and Chicago to commemorate the anniversary of the riots.

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