Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here and you read correctly: Alec Baldwin and Julia Roberts have joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's big screen adaptation of the Tony award winning play, THE NORMAL HEART. Additionally, Jim Parsons (Sheldon from BIG BANG) and Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey in WHITE COLLAR) join Mark Ruffalo (THE AVENGERS among many, many other films) in bringing this highly successful play to the big screen.
The film's screenplay is written by Larry Kramer, who also wrote the stage play and follows his own experiences during the emergence of AIDS/HIV in 1980s New York. Mark Ruffalo leads the film as Ned Weeks while Roberts is set to play Dr. Emma Brookner, a wheelchair-bound doctor who was one of the first to take the advent of AIDS and it's severity seriously. Alec Baldwin will be playing Ned's older brother, a hot shot lawyer who has to come to terms with the fact that his younger brother is gay. Matt Bomer's role will be that of Weeks's boyfriend, who in turn contracts the disease. Jim Parsons will be playing Tommy Boatwright, a gay rights activist. Parsons is no stranger to the role as he's portrayed the character in the stage play on Broadway.
I don't really keep up with GLEE, but I think NIP/TUCK was pretty interesting and enjoy what I've seen so far with AMERICAN HORROR STORY. I think Murphy's capable of some great work and with a handful of incredibly talented actors, I'm hopeful. Special thanks to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER for breaking this bit of news.