We have the second bit of news relating to a new project from Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) today. THR is reporting that Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons are set to star in an adaptation of Larry Kramer's semi-autobiographical play The Normal Heart. Kramer wrote the screenplay for the drama, which is being produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B company.
Here is the description of the film:
"The Normal Heart is the explosive drama about our most terrifying and troubling medical crisis today: the AIDS epidemic. It tells the story of very private lives caught up in the heartrendering ordeal of suffering and doom - an ordeal that was largely ignored for reasons of politics and majority morality."
Mark Ruffalo takes the lead as Ned Weeks. Roberts plays Emma Brookner, "a wheel-chair bound doctor who is one of the only doctors in New York talking the new disease seriously." Baldwin will play Weeks' brother, "a lawyer having a hard time dealing with his sibling's sexuality." Bomer's character is Felix Turner, "a gay fashion journalist who becomes Week’s boyfriend and tragically contracts the disease," while Parsons is reprising his Broadway role as "a Southerner who is a gay activist and part of a gay men’s health crisis group."
This sounds like a film that will require a tissue box to see. I like the cast, and will add this to my list of dramas to look out for. It may not be geeky, but keep in mind it stars the Hulk (Ruffalo) and Sheldon (Parsons) from The Big Bang Theory. Bomer is great in White Collar, and I am interested in seeing him in more feature roles.
Are you interested in seeing this movie?