Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons have also been cast in the “Glee” creator’s adaptation of ‘The Normal Heart.’
Ryan Murphy is putting together an all-star cast for his latest film project, the big-screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning drama The Normal Heart, being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B shingle.
Julia Roberts and Alec Baldwin, plusWhite Collar star Matt Bomer and Big Bang Theory starJim Parsons, are joining Mark Ruffalo in the autobiographical drama written by Larry Kramer that details the rise of HIV/AIDS in New York’s gay community in the 1980s. Murphy, who hit mainstream success with Glee, is directing from a script by Kramer.
The play won the Tony for best revival last year, as well as best supporting actor and best supporting actress (for John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin, respectively). It also garnered nominations for best actor and best directing. It was originally staged Off-Broadway in 1985 and has seen several revivals in London and Los Angeles.
Murphy optioned the rights to the play last August and had Ruffallo attached as Ned Weeks, who is one of the first to raise an alarm when what was then known as “gay cancer” surfaces in New York.
Roberts will play Emma Brookner, a wheel-chair bound doctor who is one of the only doctors in New York talking the new disease seriously. That role is the one that won Barkin her Tony.
Baldwin is playing Weeks’ brother, a lawyer having a hard time dealing with his sibling’s sexuality.
Bomer’s character is that of Felix Turner, a gay fashion journalist who becomes Week’s boyfriend and tragically contracts the disease. Bomer will be stepping into the shoes that won Hickey his Tony.
Parsons, who acted in the Broadway version, will reprise his role, that of a Southererner who is a gay activist and part of a gay men’s health crisis group.
Murphy’s last film was Eat, Pray, Love, which starred Roberts. With Glee and his FX series American Horror Story, he is one of the few writer/directors who regularly tackle gay themes to both critical and popular success.
CAA is putting together the financing and insiders say Participant Pictures is circling.
Roberts (CAA, Hirsch Wallerstein) next stars in Relativity’s Snow White fairy tale Mirror Mirror while Baldwin (CAA, N2N Entertainment) next appears in New Line’s adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages.
The next feature for Bomer (CAA, Anonymous Content) will be the Steven Soberbergh movie on male exotic dancers Magic Mike, while Parsons (UTA, Principal Entertainment, Hansen Jacobson) had a scene-stealing cameo in The Muppets.
For all you Cumberbatch lovers out there…
Marvel are looking at an array of potential superheroes for Benedict Cumberbatch to fill, according to reports.
It is believed that the Sherlock star is being sounded out as a potential Doctor Strange, Marvel Cinematic Universe has said.
Cumberbatch is to star in a number of high profile movies in the coming year, with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy being followed by Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, and then The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the end of 2012.
The fansite reported the news as: “Insider news: Benedict Cumberbatch of the BBC’s Sherlock is being looked for an unknown role in a future Marvel Studios film.”
The reason for linking Cumberbatch to Doctor Strange is that it is known that Marvel intend to bring the character to the big screen in the near future, and with Cumberbatch’s working schedule beginning to clear up, it all looks like a good fit.
Now personally im not to sure about Dr Doom….What you guys think??