Roberts, Parsons Have A “Normal Heart”

Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, “White Collar” hunk Matt Bomer and “Big Bang Theory” scene stealer Jim Parsons have all joined Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning autobiographical drama “The Normal Heart” at Plan B says The Hollywood Reporter.

Larry Kramer penned the script which details the rise of HIV/AIDS in New York’s gay community in the 1980’s. “Glee” creator and “Eat, Pray, Love” helmer Murphy is directing and optioned the rights to the play last August and had Mark Ruffallo attached as 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. Baldwin is playing Weeks’ brother, a lawyer having a hard time dealing with his sibling’s sexuality.

Bomer plays a gay fashion journalist who becomes Week’s boyfriend and tragically contracts the disease. Parsons will reprise his role from the Broadway version, that of a Southererner who is a gay activist and part of a gay men’s health crisis group.