Jonathan Groff To Play AIDS Activist In “The Normal Heart”

1.158044Jonathan Groff, best known for his roles in Broadway’s Spring Awakening and TV’s Glee  as Zachary Quinto‘s real-life boyfriend, has been added to the star-studded cast of HBO’s upcoming film version of The Normal Heart.

Ryan Murphy will direct the long-awaited adaptation of Larry Kramer‘s scorching play from 1985 about the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York and has already cast such heavyweights as Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Groff will play “Craig, an early victim of the disease.” His boyfriend will portrayed by Taylor Kitsch (last year’s next big thing which didn’t happen) whose character is an investment banker who eventually becomes an AIDS activist.

HBO plans to premiere the film sometime in 2014.