Mark Ruffalo Set to Star in THE NORMAL HEART; GLEE Creator Ryan Murphy Involved in Some Capacity

     June 30, 2010

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While on the circuit for his new movie The Kids Are All Right, Mark Ruffalo mentioned that he will star in an adaptation of the Larry Kramer play The Normal Heart as Ned Weeks.  Glee creator Ryan Murphy is somehow involved in development, though it’s unknown at this point whether he’s a producer, director or something else entirely.  Kramer is scripting the adaptation, which is set during the AIDS outbreak in New York.  Hit the jump for a video of Ruffalo’s comments and a synopsis of the play.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Normal Heart, set during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, is the impassioned story of Ned Weeks.  The play is a moving denunciation of the ignorance and fear that lead to the worldwide plague that now exists.  Its companion play, The Destiny of Me, continues the story of Weeks, now in a hospital undergoing treatment, as he finds himself confronting his life and fighting to get a little more time among the living.

It has all the pieces… could this be the Oscar nomination Ruffalo has been looking for?

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