Ever since Ryan Murphy first mentioned in an interview with Deadline back in August 2011 that he would next be working on The Normal Heart from a script written by Larry Kramer, fans of both Murphy’s and the play have been eagerly looking for news on the production. After just over two and a half years, we’re finally drawing close to the production screening.
The film, based on the 1985 play of the same name also written by Kramer, tells the story of life in New York City in the early 1980s during the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Largely biographical, the story is told from the perspective of writer/activist Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo), the gay Jewish-American founder of a HIV advocacy group. As the number of diagnoses and deaths continue to climb, Weeks and his friends face an uphill battle against the government and the medical community who both refuse to acknowledge the severity of the crisis.
HBO has now released the first teaser trailer for the TV film featuring Ruffalo, Matt Bomer (who stars as his reporter boyfriend, Felix Turner), Julia Roberts (Dr. Emma Brookner, the paraplegic physician who treats several of the earliest victims), and Jim Parsons (Tommy Boatwright, a Southerner who is a gay activist and part of a gay men’s health crisis group).
The TV film also stars Alec Baldwin, Taylor Kitsch, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff and Joe Montello.
The Normal Heart will screen on HBO on Sunday May 25 at 9/8c.