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Tuesday 11 April 2017

Coming soon: The Normal Heart

Posted in: Movies
By Jacqui Stanford - 22nd April 2014


Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons star in The Normal Heart, based on Larry Kramer’s Tony Award winning play. Premiering on SoHo next month, it tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s.

The Normal Heart takes an unflinching look at 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.

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 will premieres on SKY TV’s pay channel SoHo on May 29, just a few days after it first airs on HBO in the US.

Jacqui Stanford - 22nd April 2014

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