Roland Emmerich is currently working on the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster Independence Day but just before that he was lovingly adding the finishing touches to something mildly less exploding aliens @TheWhiteHouse; Stonewall.
He recently spoke about his fictionalised portrayal of the Stonewall Riots and emphasised what a passion project it truly was: “It was a huge challenge to make this movie, and if I had not absolutely wanted it, it would not have happened.”
STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.