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X-Men star joins cast for gay rights film Stonewall

X-Men star joins cast for gay rights film Stonewall

X-Men star Caleb Landry Jones has entered talks for Stonewall, a film on the riots that kick-started the modern LGBTI rights movement.

The 24-year-old American actor and musician is in line to join Jeremy Irvine in the historical drama, Deadline reports.

Written by Jon Robin Baitz, best known for Brothers and Sisters, and directed by Independence Day’s Roland Emmerich.

A passion project for the openly gay German director and disaster movie specialist, he has reportedly been seeking to make the film for some time.

‘It’s one of these civil rights moments and very little is known about it,’ Emmerich told Empire last year.

‘Even gay people don’t know much about it.’

Irvine will play Danny, a young man who experiences a political awakening thanks to the ignition of the gay rights movement.

Jones will play an eccentric gay street hustler named Orphan Annie who finds himself drawn to Danny.

Emmerich’s previous films – including The Day After Tomorrow and 2012- have grossed more than $3 billion in total.