EXCLUSIVE: Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class, Antiviral) is in negotiations to join the cast of Roland Emmerich‘s Stonewall, about the 1969 Greenwich Village raid on the Stonewall Inn that became a flashpoint for the gay rights movement. War Horse‘s Jeremy Irvine was set earlier this month to lead the cast as Danny, a young man who experiences a political awakening during the riots. Jones will play an eccentric gay street hustler named Orphan Annie who at first resists then warms up to Danny and later participates in the Stonewall uprising. Jon Robin Baitz scripted the Centropolis Films production, which Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman, and Emmerich are producing. Kirstin Winkler and Adam Press are aboard as executive producers.
Jones played Jimmy Adler on Friday Night Lights prior to landing the Banshee role in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. He more recently starred in Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, and Brandon Cronenberg’s Cannes debut Antiviral. He next appears in John Slattery’s upcoming directorial debut God’s Pocket opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, which hits limited release May 9. Jones also stars opposite Elle Fanning, John Hawkes, and Glenn Close in Jeff Preiss’ Low Down and stars in John Boorman’s upcoming Queen and Country. The actor is currently filming Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled English language debut about a roadie traveling with a punk band in the ’80s. He’s repped by repped by Resolution, Untitled and Bloom Hergott.