Taylor Kitsch ("Friday Night Lights") and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") have joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's HBO original movie "The Normal Heart".
A film adaptation of the Tony-winning Larry Kramer play, the story deals with the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s.
Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival.
Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer also star in the project which begins filming later this year ahead of a debut in 2014.