HBO have released their teaser trailer of ‘The Normal Heart’, the film based on the play of the same name by legendary playwright and LGBT activist Larry Kramer. It chronicles Kramer’s own fight for action in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York. The film will premier on HBO on May 25th 2
With an all-star cast including Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer (White Collar, Glee), Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), the film is directed by Emmy Award-winner Ryan Murphy, responsible for creating Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story.
The film has been in the pipeline for a long time with original announcements of the cast going back as far as 2012, but the subject matter meant it was passed around before HBO stepped in to ensure it got made. The original play was written by Larry Kramer as a way of chronicling his own personal fight against apathy both on the part of New York’s medical authorities in realising and implementing coherent plans of action in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and what he saw as a gay community in denial at what they were facing.
‘The Normal Heart’ became a landmark theatre production, voicing gay issues but speaking to a broader audience, it is a man’s fight with a system and a culture in denial. Initially, writer Kramer, was averse to gay activism, but while nursing his lover in the throes of the disease he was compelled to take up the cause, when nobody really new what they were dealing with.
The play’s lead character Ned Weeks (Ruffalo) is deliberately written as obnoxious as possible, to convey Krimmers angry self-righteousness and helplessness in that period. ‘The Normal Heart’ was a worldwide success and remains still the longest running play in the Public Theatre and has been staged from LA top New Work to London. It was named as one of the hundred best plays of the 20th century by The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain. The play’s follow up ‘The Destiny of Me’ won Kramer a place in the final for the Pulitzer prize.
Luckily, Kramer was able to pen the script for the forthcoming film which along with the solid cast, Bomer lost forty pounds to convey his character ravaged by AIDS, ensures authenticity and a production of the highest quality. We certainly like what we see in this trailer.
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