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ROLAND EMMERICH (Director) is an international director, producer and screenwriter whose films, including Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Anonymous, have taken in more than $3 billion worldwide.
Emmerich recently announced plans to write and direct a sequel to his blockbuster film, Independence Day, which takes place 20 years after the original. He will also direct Stonewall, a drama about the 1969 Stonewall Riots chronicling the three-day standoff between the police and protesters at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement.
In 2011, his controversial feature, Anonymous, explored the theory that William Shakespeare's plays were written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford and not by Shakespeare himself. The stellar cast included Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson. In 2010, Emmerich directed the global box office hit 2012, an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an ends to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors, which starred John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.
Prior to that, Emmerich produced and directed 10,000 B.C., a fantasy drama which tells the story of the world's first hero, who brings down an evil empire to save his love. In 2004, he produced and directed The Day After Tomorrow, starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, which follows a climatologist's struggle to figure out a way to save the world from global warming. In 2000, Emmerich directed The Patriot based on the American Revolution. The film starred Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger and Joely Richardson.
1996 and 1998 saw two of the most popular action films that the world had ever seen. In 1996, Emmerich directed Independence Day, a film that grossed over $800 million worldwide. In quick succession, Roland released another Hollywood blockbuster, Godzilla, which he directed and produced.
Emmerich's first Hollywood film was the 1994 cult hit Universal Soldier, followed by Stargate the same year. His other film credits include the sex trafficking drama Trade starring Kevin Kline, Das Arche Noah Prinzip, Joey, Moon 44, Eye of the Storm, The High Crusade, The Thirteenth Floor, Eight Legged Freaks, Hell, and the documentary Last Will & Testament. Emmerich began his career in his native Germany, where his first film, a student project called The Noah's Ark Principle, played in competition at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival.
His television credits are "The Visitor," "Godzilla: The Series," and "Dark Horse."
In addition, to his work in film and television, Emmerich takes significant time and effort to support a number of charities, including, but not limited to the Gay and Lesbian Education Network (GLSEN), the Outfest Film Festival Los Angeles, the Cambodian Children's Fund, the Trevor Project, Global Green, and The Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles.
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