The powerful first trailer for the much-anticipated film depicting the birth of the gay rights movement has been released.
Stonewall tells the story of the 1969 Stonewall riots, in which gay, drag and trans patrons of New York City’s Stonewall Inn bar fought back against homophobic police officers.
The incident inspired the world’s first-ever Pride parade through the city’s streets the next year.
Helmed by openly gay Hollywood blockbuster director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012), Stonewall stars English model and actor, Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Woman in Black 2).
He plays a gay young man kicked out of his small town home who flees to the big city and discovers the liberating but also harsh reality of gay and lesbian life in 1960s America.
The character is fictional but his story related to the riots is based on real events that took place.
Asked by Vulture if he wasn’t concerned about reducing the Stonewall experience to that of a “young, blond hunk”, Emmerich replied: “I think we represented it very well. We have drag queens, lesbians, we have everything in the film because we wanted to portray a broader image of what ‘gay’ means.”
The Stonewall Inn still operates today in New York City and has been declared a historic landmark.
A South African release date for Stonewall has not yet been announced, but it will be in cinemas in the US in September. Watch the trailer below.