HBO Films has dropped the first teaser trailer for The Normal Heart, a drama starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia Roberts. The film is set in New York during the early 1980s, as the onset of HIV-AIDS became a rapidly growing crisis. Ruffalo plays Ned Weeks, a man who becomes an activist who tries to get answers in a time of nationwide denial. Matt Bomer plays a reporter who becomes Weeks’ lover, Kitsch plays a banker who becomes an important activist, Parsons plays activist Tommy Boatwright, and Roberts plays a polio survivor who treats some of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS. This looks quite powerful, with what looks like great performances from its impressive cast.
Directed by Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee. Written by Larry Kramer, who earned an Oscar nomination back in 1969 for his screenplay in the drama Women in Love.
Official synopsis for The Normal Heart:
Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Emmy® winner Jim Parsons and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts star in THE NORMAL HEART. Directed by Emmy® winner Ryan Murphy and written by Academy Award® nominee Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the drama 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 fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. THE NORMAL HEART will debut on HBO on May 25 at 9 p.m. Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS. 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.
The Normal Heart airs Sunday, May 25th at 9pm on HBO.