Published On: Mon, May 19th, 2014

HBO premieres original drama film “The Normal Heart”

The new drama from HBO Films stars Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo

the-normal-heart-mark-ruffalo-hbo-teaser-2014-475x253MIAMI – HBO Latin America will premiere the new original drama film, The Normal Heart, on May 31st in the Caribbean. Based on Oscar® nominee Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical play of the same name, which won three Tony® Awards during its Broadway run, and directed by Emmy® winner Ryan Murphy, the powerful film tells the story of the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York in the early 80’s. It takes an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

The Normal Heart brings together a cast of talented actors, including Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, a gay writer looking for answers as he witnesses how the mysterious illness begins to take a heavy toll on the gay community; Matt Bomer as Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover; Taylor Kitsch as Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist; Emmy® winner Jim Parsons as activist Tommy Boatwright, the same role he played on the Broadway version in 2011; and for the first time in an HBO production, Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner, a childhood survivor of polio who treats many of the early victims of HIV-AIDS.

The drama also stars Alfred Molina in the role of Ben, a successful attorney and Ned’s older brother; Tony® winner Joe Mantello as Mickey Marcus; Jonathan Groff (HBO’s “Looking”) as Craig; Denis O’Hare (HBO’s “True Blood”) as Hiram Keebler; Stephen Spinella as Sanford; Corey Stoll as John Bower; Finn Wittrock as Albert; and BD Wong (HBO’s “Oz”) as Buzzy.

The Normal Heart was directed by Ryan Murphy (“Eat, Pray, Love” and “Glee”); written by Larry Kramer; executive produced by Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Jason Blum, Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner; co-executive produced by Ruffalo; and produced by Scott Ferguson (HBO’s “Temple Grandin”).

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