Ryan Murphy’s upcoming film The Normal Heart is drawing in some big names for its cast. The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and Friday Night Lights alum Taylor Kitsch have joined the cast for the film; an HBO original movie adaptation of the Tony-winning Larry Kramer play. Kramer is penning the script and Murphy is directing it. The cast already includes Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer.
The film tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Parsons will be reprising his role form the 2011 Broadway revival where he played Tommy Boatwright. Parsons was already in talks with Murphy’s adaptation when it was being considered for the big screen. Kitsch is set to play Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who later becomes a prominent AIDS activist. As for Roberts, she will play Dr. Emma Brookner, a childhood polio survivor who treats some of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS. Ruffalo’s role is Ned Weeks, someone who witnesses the mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of those in the gay community; Bomer has been cast as his lover, Felix Turner, who is a reporter.
This film is set for a 2014 premiere with production starting later this year in New York.