In September, Stonewall, the film chronicling the gay rights movement in New York City, will hit theaters and I’ll be there, in tears. This trailer is uber dramatic and I’m not just talking about Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ intense stare—though it is, as usual, intense as hell.

Meyers plays Trevor, a leader of the movement. Jeremy Irvine plays Danny, a gay middle American, who moves to New York in the 1970s and falls in with some street kids including Jonny Beauchamp as Ray Castro, a trans kid who welcomes Danny into his circle. Their story becomes that of the historic Stonewall riots, a day in late June of 1969 in which gays fought back against police raids at New York’s Stonewall Inn and kickstarted gay liberation. The film, directed by Roland Emmerich (2012; The Day After Tomorrow), is out September 25.


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