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Jeremy Irvine for gay rights movie

Jeremy Irvine will star in Stonewall: Photo © Jeremy Irvine for gay rights movie Photo

Jeremy Irvine has signed up to star in gay rights movie Stonewall.

The film is being directed by Roland Emmerich - maker of Independence Day and White House Down - and will focus on the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a mob-owned gay bar.

Deadline reported that Jeremy is set to play the lead role - a young man who experiences a political awakening in the backdrop of the riots sparked by the event.

The Stonewall riots became the flashpoint for the gay rights movement and are still considered a touchstone in the fight for equal rights for gay and transgender communities today.

Young British actor Jeremy had his big break starring in Steven Spielberg's big screen adaptation of War Horse and last year appeared in The Railway Man with Colin Firth.

Emmerich will start production on Stonewall - described as his passion project - while he is preparing to begin work on his Independence Day sequel, which has a release date set for July 1, 2016.

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