Watch: Powerful first trailer released for film based on Stonewall riots

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The first trailer for a film based on the Stonewall riots has been released.

The drama will focus on the story of homeless Danny Winters – a fictional character caught up in the riots – who experiences a political awakening after making his way to New York and being introduced to the infamous Stonewall Inn – where “with the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.”

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich helmed the film – which will see War Horse star Jeremy Irvine play Danny with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Jonny Beauchamp also starring.

Ahead of the film’s cinema release next month, the first trailer was released today – giving a look at the main stars as tension builds in the Mafia-run Stonewall Inn.

The film’s release date was confirmed after the US distribution rights were acquired by Roadside Attractions. Goldcrest Films have the international rights for the film.

The Stonewall riots – against a police crackdown on the LGBT community – are often regarded as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, giving their name to the UK-based charity Stonewall.

Howard Cohen of Roadside Attractions said: “Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall is an explosive, dramatic story set against one of the monumental events of the twentieth century, The Stonewall Riots.

“Roadside is so proud to bring this stirring film to audiences.”

Mr Emmerich added: “I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now.

“I am excited to work with Howard, Eric and the team at Roadside to get this film to audiences across the country. They have a unique approach to handling movies like Stonewall.”

The Stonewall Inn was given special protected status by New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.