News Bits: Stonewall, Castro, Dumplin, Dark

Roadside Attractions has announced a September 25th release date for Roland Emmerich’s LGBT rights drama “Stonewall” which deals with the 1969 Stonewall riots. Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman star in the film

Irvine plays a young man living in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, who befriends a group of street kids. As he his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, rage begins to build and with the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born. [Source: Roadside Attractions]

Castro’s Daughter
Mexican filmmaker Luis Mandoki (“When a Man Loves a Woman”) is set to direct the historical drama “Castro’s Daughter” which John Martinez O’Felan and Joe Lamy are producing. Bobby Moresco and Nilo Cruz penned the script.

The story revolves around Alina Fernandez, Fidel Castro’s love child with a wealthy socialite who co-financed Castro’s army and allowed her home to be used as a headquarters. She fled Cuba as a dissident in 1993 disguised as a Spanish tourist and later wrote her memoir. [Source: Variety]

Disney Pictures is developing the dramedy “Dumplin'” based on the upcoming Julie Murphy young adult novel, with Michael Costigan in talks to produce.

The story follows a confident young Texas girl who takes a job at the local fast-food joint and meets a former jock whom she likes. When she begins to doubt herself, she sets out to take back her confidence by entering a beauty pageant. [Source: Variety]

The Dark Side
Javier Gullon (“Enemy”) has been set to adapt Anthony O’Neill’s novel “The Dark Side” for 20th Century Fox and producers Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch. The story is set in a future where the moon is used as a penal colony. When an android goes on a murderous rampage, a down on his luck detective is sent in to investigate. [Source: THR]