If I can’t have either Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch, or both Groff and Kitsch all to myself, at least they can have each other. The gorgeous Glee and Friday Night Lights heartthrobs, respectively, have just signed on to star as lovers in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming dramatic HBO film The Normal Heart.
The TV movie is based on a largely autobiographical 1985 play by Larry Kramer and focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Groff will take on the role of Craig, one of the early victims of the disease. Kitsch will play Bruce Niles, an investment banker who becomes an AIDS activist after falling in love with Craig.
Groff and Kitsch join Broadway actor/director Joe Mantello, who was just cast as Mickey Marcus, a man who was an instrumental member of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Previously announced cast members include Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner (a disabled physician who treats the very first AIDS patients), Avengers star Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks (a gay activist witnessing the early outbreak of the disease), Matt Bomer as Felix Turner (Ned’s lover), and Jim Parsons as Tommy Boatwright.
The Normal Heart will premiere in 2014 on HBO.
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