Photo by Philippe Bosse, from Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall (via Entertainment Weekly)
Roadside Attractions has set Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall for release on Sept. 25. The film uses the fictional Danny Winters (played by Jeremy Irvine), who runs away to New York’s Stonewall Inn in 1969 after being kicked out of his home, to address the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which launched the stateside movement for queer rights. Jonny Beauchamp, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Ron Perlman also star.
No word on the size of the September bow. But, Box Office Mojo has horror flicks Before I Wake, The Disappointments Room, and The Green Inferno, my personal horror film (and likely weekend winner) Hotel Transylvania 2, and Nancy Meyers’ seemingly Devil Wears Prada-ish (2006) comedy The Intern slated for nationwide debuts that weekend; Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario expands across the country. I’m guessing Roadside will platform it.
Emmerich’s track record with Oscar is sketchy at best – his films have only scored recognition in the crafts and music categories – but as openly gay men, perhaps his and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz’s personal connection to the material will bring out his best work to date. At least we can count on Simonetta Mariano’s costume design gaining some traction, right?