HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Taps Jim Parsons and Taylor Kitsch
From ‘Glee‘ to ‘American Horror Story,’ Ryan Murphy fans know that the dedicated showrunner attracks plenty of talent to his work across a number of mediums. The coming months will see the ‘Glee‘ creator tackling his first HBO movie ‘The Normal Heart,’ an adaptation of the Tony-winning Larry Kramer play of the same name, amassing TV and film stars alike for the effort. Latest to join the piece are big-budget flop-master Taylor Kitsch and ‘The Big Bang Theory‘s’ Jim Parsons, so will ‘The Normal Heart’ prove HBO’s next award winner?
‘The Big Bang Theory’ star Jim Parsons is headed to the movies once more, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale. Via Deadline, we’ve learned that Parsons and ‘Battleship‘ star Taylor Kitsch are the latest to join HBO’s Ryan Murphy-directed ‘The Normal Heart,’ with a cast that includes ‘The Avengers‘ star Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and ‘White Collar‘s’ Matt Bomer.
Telling the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City during the early 1980s, ‘The Normal Heart’ will see Parsons reprising his role from the 2011 stage version of gay activist Tommy Boatwright. Kitsch will play Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist, while Ruffalo plays one of the earliest to notice the epidemic, Ned Weeks. Roberts, having worked with Ryan Murphy for the film adaptation of ‘Eat Pray Love,’ will play physician Dr. Emma Brookner, treating several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS.
Well, what say you? Does HBO have a major Emmy-magnet on its hands with ‘The Normal Heart’?