A few days ago Roland Emmerich announced that he was planning to shoot his gay rights drama, Stonewall, this Spring. But at the time we had no idea who would star.
Now Deadline reports that War Horse and Great Expectations star Jeremy Irvine has landed the lead role in the movie.
While the movie is set during the run up to the 1969 Stonewall Riots, it’s not a simple retelling of what happened during June 1969, as Jon Robin Bates’s script is a larger story of how modern gay rights activism emerged and how that boiled over onto the streets at New York’s Stonewall Inn. He’s previously described it as being, “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 change the world.”
Irvine will play a young man whose political awakening happens against the backdrop of the riots which have since become a touchstone for the gay rights struggle.
In the last couple of years Irvine has gathered many fans who like both his talent and his face, and plenty of those will be very happy at the prospect of him playing a gay character – we’ll certainly be first in line when the movie comes out.