Ryan Murphy (Glee, The New Normal) is pulling quite a cast together for his film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s acclaimed play, The Normal Heart. He’s already got Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer signed up, and now Deadline reports they’ve been joined by Taylor Kitsch, who many will be pleased to hear is gonna be playing gay. Jim Parsons, who was attached a while ago but whose participation became uncertain when the shoot was delayed, is also back on-board.
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, New York 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’.
Kitsch is set to be Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons will be gay activist Tommy Boatwright, a role he previously took in a 2011 Broadway revival of the play.
Shooting will start later this year for a 2014 release. Let’s hope Kitsch playing gay is as good on screen as it is in my head.