Sky Atlantic HD is to show the UK premiere of The Normal Heart, starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Emmy® winner Jim Parsons and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts.
The movie, which is directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy and written by Academy Award® nominee Larry Kramer will air exclusively on the channel this summer.
Adapting Kramer’s groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s 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 stars as Ned Weeks, a Jewish-American writer and gay activist 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. As we follow Ned’s journey we meet Emma Brookner (Roberts), a polio survivor who treats several of the early victims of HIV/AIDS and Ned’s lover, Felix Turner (Bomer), a New York reporter. Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival, and Kitsch portrays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist.
The film also stars Alfred Molina, Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock and BD Wong.