Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo to Star in HBO Films' 'The Normal Heart'

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January 4th, 2013

via press release:

JULIA ROBERTS AND MARK RUFFALO TO STAR IN

HBO FILMS’ THE NORMAL HEART, DIRECTED BY RYAN MURPHY;

LARRY KRAMER ADAPTS HIS TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAY;

MATT BOMER CO-STARS;

RYAN MURPHY, JASON BLUM, DEDE GARDNER AND

DANTE DI LORETO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE

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Film Goes Into Production Later This Year For 2014 Debut

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4, 2013 – Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts and Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo will star in the HBO Films drama THE NORMAL HEART, directed by Emmy® winner Ryan Murphy (“Eat Pray Love,” “Glee”), it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Slated to begin production in New York City later this year for 2014 debut on HBO, the film is written by Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name.

“We are so proud to be involved with this monumental project,” said Lombardo. “Ryan has assembled an extraordinary cast to bring Larry Kramer’s landmark theatrical achievement to the screen for the first time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this important film to HBO.”

Executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum (the “Paranormal Activity” series, “The Reader”), Dede Gardner (“The Tree of Life,” “Eat Pray Love”) and Dante Di Loreto (“Glee,” HBO’s “Temple Grandin”), THE NORMAL HEART tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city in denial.

Roberts plays Dr. Emma Brookner, the paraplegic physician who treats several of theearliest victims of the disease. Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand the mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer (“White Collar,” “Magic Mike”) plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover.

In 1981, writer Larry Kramer hosted a gathering of six gay men and their friends to discuss the “gay cancer,” and to talk about fundraising for research. This informal meeting in Kramer’s home would lead to the formation of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, one of the first advocacy groups for HIV prevention and care.

Kramer’s play debuted at New York’s Public Theatre in 1985 and was revived in Los Angeles and London and off-Broadway. The 2011 Broadway revival garnered five Tony nominations, winning for Best Revival, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress.

 

 
  • Michael

    Ready for Julia Roberts award season comeback in 2013! I’ll pretend like “Mirror, Mirror” never happened!

  • silvit

    Didn’t they already talked about it in Angels in America with the far superior Meryl Streep and company? Did they always have to talk about the same theme in the same era?

  • thomas

    Julia Roberts for a emmy 2013?

  • tomsman

    @silvit – so by your logic there should only be one WWII movie ever made.

  • r0ckmypants

    This play is incredible, but I can’t see Julia Roberts in this. Ellen Barkin won the Tony for her brilliant performance… with Murphy on board, why wouldn’t she be playing the role? Star power wins out, I suppose.

    @silvit – If all you got out of Angels in America was “AIDS” then you completely and utterly missed the point.

  • Lynn

    This is a great play. I’m interested to see how the film turns out.

    (BTW, the links for COMMUNITY in this article crack me up.)

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