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HBO's 'The Normal Heart' gets 2014 airdate

Actor and director Mark Ruffalo attends The 2010

Actor and director Mark Ruffalo attends The 2010 New Yorker Festival: "Sympathy for Delicious" Panel Discussion with Mark Ruffalo at the Directors Guild of America East in New York City. (October 2, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Larry Kramer's celebrated Broadway play about the AIDS crisis, "The Normal Heart," will get a national audience next year, HBO — which is producing a film adaptation — announced a short while ago.

On the film, starring Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, and directed by "Glee's" Ryan Murphy (most of these details were actually relayed a year ago, via various trade reports), HBO offered these fresh specifics:

"Roberts plays Dr. Emma Brookner, the paraplegic physician who treats several of the earliest victims of the disease. Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses firsthand the mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer ('White Collar,' 'Magic Mike') plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover."

Interesting aside: Alec Baldwin had earlier been attached, but no word on whether he still is .?.?.

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