Last month we reported that Mark Ruffalo is all set to star in Larry Kramer’s adaptation of his semi-autobiographical play The Normal Heart.
So, you probably remember that Glee creator Ryan Murphy had been rumored as possible director.
Today, we’re here to make the whole thing official, and to report that Murphy has signed on to direct this adaptation!
Let us remind you that the play “focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks (Ruffalo), who founded a prominent HIV advocacy group.
At the time, despite a growing number of death, the disease was largely being ignored and thought of as ‘gay cancer’, so gay people took charge of the debate themselves, making it a huge national issue.”
In an interview with MTV, Murphy said:
“I’m directing it from Larry Kramer’s beautiful script and we’re going to shoot that in June of next year, I think it’s an important story and I think Mark Ruffalo is just beyond brilliant so I’m very excited to be directing him.”
On the other hand, Mark Ruffalo added:
“I think there’s a real powerful message to that and something that we forget. We can get really cynical about what we can do, it gets stacked against us and they’re all corrupt and at the end of the day, everything starts with people.
The reason they’re there is because of us…It’s a juicy part. It’s just a great role, man. He’s a fighter, you know?”
Stay tuned for more updates on this one!