Thought to be headed for a theatrical release, HBO has now opted to bring the Ryan Murphy-directed "The Normal Heart" directly to the network where it will premiere as a telemovie in 2014.
An adaptation of Larry Kramer's Tony-winning autobiographical play, the story details the rise of HIV/AIDS in New York's gay community in the 1980's.
Mark Ruffallo plays Ned Weeks, one of the first to raise an alarm when what was then known as "gay cancer" surfaces in New York. Roberts will play a wheel-chair bound doctor who is one of the only doctors in New York taking the new disease seriously.
Matt Bomer plays a gay fashion journalist who becomes Week's boyfriend and tragically contracts the disease. Shooting kicks off shortly.
Source: The Live Feed