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Roland Emmerich to Direct Gay Rights Drama 'Stonewall' Starring Jeremy Irvine

April 10, 2014 (2:13 am) GMT
The 'White House Down' helmer will helm a film that recounts a 1969 police raid in a famous gathering place for gays and transgenders.
Roland Emmerich to Direct Gay Rights Drama 'Stonewall' Starring Jeremy Irvine

While pursuing "Independence Day" sequel, Roland Emmerich will direct "" with playing the lead role. It's a drama depicting a true-story event in 1969 that triggered off massive fights against homosexual oppression.

Scripted by Jon Robin Baitz, the film will revisit a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village which was known as a gathering place for gays and transgenders. It will center on a young man's political awakening in the backdrop of those riots.

Irvine made his breakthrough with his role in Steven Spielberg's "". He was last seen on the big screen in "". His next movies include "The Woman in Black: Angels of Death" and "".

Emmerich, meanwhile, last sat behind the lens for political action thriller "" starring and .

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