“The Normal Heart” to air on HBO on May 25
Okay everyone, mark your calendars.
The movie version of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart has had its premiere date set: Sunday, May 25 on HBO.
The film is directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and has an all-star cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Julia Roberts.
What is particularly noteworthy is that in addition to Bomer, other openly gay actors in the cast include Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Stephen Spinella, Joe Mantello and BD Wong.
The cast also includes Taylor Kitsch, Alfred Molina, Corey Stoll and Finn Wittrock.
Based on Kramer’s groundbreaking 1985 play, the film is based on a screenplay also written by Kramer. It follows New York-based writer and gay activist Ned Weeks (Ruffalo) as he struggles to pull together an organization focused on raising awareness about AIDS during the early days of the epidemic.
The movie version has taken decades to come together with Barbra Streisand holding the rights for a long stretch but not managing to get the film made. She and Kramer have had a public feud over this with each blaming the other.