Principal photography has begun on Roland Emmerich‘s drama Stonewall. The film stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as a young runaway who finds his way to the Stonewall Inn and is eventually swept up in events that would lead to the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots, which were a turning point in gay civil rights. Although Emmerich is known for being able to blow stuff up real good, his first historical drama, Anonymous, wasn’t bad, and Stonewall has been a passion project for the director some time. It’s always admirable when a filmmaker breaks away from his or her comfort zone, and the story of the Stonewall Riots is definitely one worth telling.
Hit the jump for the press release, which also reveals that Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula), Joey King (White House Down), and Ron Perlman have joined the cast.