Glee creator Ryan Murphy is a ridiculously busy man, as he’s also got American Horror Story on the go, found time to write and direct Eat Pray Love and for a while has been putting together a film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony Award winning play. Mark Ruffalo’s been onboard the movie for a while, and he’s now been joined by Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Bomer, and Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon from Big Bang Theory), according to THR.
The film is about the rise of AIDS in New York’s gay community in the early-to-mid 80s. The play first debuted Off-Broadway in 1985, and has enjoyed several revivals in Los Angeles and London. Ruffalo is taking on the lead role of Ned Weeks, one of the first people to raise an alarm about the new disease that initially was known as ‘Gay Cancer’.
Julia Roberts will play Emma Brookner, a wheelchair bound doctor who is the only one of her peers in New York taking AIDS seriously. Alec Baldwin is set to play Weeks’ brother, a lawyer struggling to come to terms with Ned’s sexuality. The incredibly handsome Matthew Bomer is playing Felix Turner, a gay fashion journalist, while Jim Parsons will reprise his stage role as a gay activist who forms a health crisis group.
The Normal Heart is set to shoot later this year and is set to be one of the highest profile gay-themed movies around.