FIRST LOOK: “The Normal Heart” Isn’t Just “A Movie About AIDS”


Whether you’re a regular Queerty reader or just a regular gay person, you’re probably already looking forward to the upcoming film version of The Normal Heart. After decades in development hell, Ryan Murphy has finally adapted and directed the great Larry Kramer‘s searing, semi-autobiographical chronicle of the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. With a star-studded cast headlined by Mark Ruffalo as the Kramer stand-in Ned Weeks and featuring performances by Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Taylor Kitsch, the drama will premiere on HBO next spring.

“It’s a movie about AIDS, but it’s also really a civil rights movie,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly. “I think it’s more timely than ever before. It’s really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person…. It’s an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it.” Adds the director, “Of everything I’ve done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love.”

HBO has just released promo reel of their 2013 highlights and projects to look forward to next year that includes footage from both its equally-anticipated new gay-themed dramedy series Looking and the Murphy-Kramer film. Check it out below (The Normal Heart clip begins around the 2:38 mark).

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