First ‘Stonewall’ Trailer Shows Beginnings of Gay Rights Movement (Video)

Roland Emmerich film debuts in theaters September 25

Last Updated: August 4, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

Roadside Attractions released the first trailer for the true-life gay rights drama “Stonewall” on Tuesday.

The film, based on true events, follows Danny (Jeremy Irvine) as he leaves his hometown and travels to New York City to escape persecution for his sexual orientation.

After spending some time at the Stonewall Inn, Danny meets Trevor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a gay rights activist. Together they bear witness to police harassment at the bar, which eventually leads to the 1969 Stonewall Riots that sparked the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.

The film also stars Joey King, Ron Perlman, and Jonny Beauchamp. Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day”) directed the project in addition to producing. Jon Robin Baitz wrote the screenplay.

“Stonewall” opens in theaters on September 25.

Watch the video.