By Adam Hetrick
29 Jul 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Directed by Emmy winner Ryan Murphy (“Eat Pray Love,” “Glee”), the film has been shooting in New York City this summer towards a 2014 debut on HBO. Kramer adapted his play for the film.
Academy Award winner Julia Roberts is cast as Dr. Emma Brookner, with Matt Bomer as Felix Turner, Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, Taylor Kitsch as AIDS activist Bruce Niles, and Jim Parsons reprising the role of Tommy Boatwright that he played on Broadway. Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, who portrayed Ned Weeks in the 2011 Broadway premiere of Kramer's play, will play Mickey Marcus. Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) is also part of the cast.
HBO has announced that Angels in America Tony Award winner Spinella has joined the cast, along with Normal Heart Broadway co-director Grey (Cabaret), O'Hare (Take Me Out), Wong (M. Butterfly), Alfred Molina (Red), Corey Stoll (A View from the Bridge) and Finn Wittrock (Death of a Salesman).
Kramer’s play debuted at New York’s Public Theater in 1985. The 2011 Broadway revival garnered five Tony nominations, winning for Best Revival, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress.