‘The Normal Heart’ Set to Premiere on HBO May 25th

Mar 19, 2014 at 12:51 pm |
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The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s Tony award-winning play, has been adapted into a film and will air on HBO May 25th. Kramer’s drama tells the story of the onset and ominous spread of HIV/AIDS within the gay community of New York City in the early 1980s and exposes the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

The new HBO Film drama features a star-studded cast including Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo.

 

Mark Ruffalo & Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart, HBO

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Ruffalo plays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS.

“It’s really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person,” says Ryan Murphy, the film adaptation’s director. “It’s an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it…Of everything I’ve done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love.”

The Normal Heart premieres at 9PM on May 25th.

 

“The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s Tony award-winning play, has been adapted into a film and will air on HBO May 25th. Kramer’s drama tells the story of the onset and ominous spread of HIV/AIDS within the gay community of New York City in the early 1980s and exposes the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.