Okay, so “The Normal Heart” didn’t make the Cannes Film Festival lineup like I figured it would, but that doesn’t mean we’re not putting this one on our watch list for next month. A new trailer is here to remind you why you might want to tune into HBO in May to watch something other than “Game Of Thrones.”
Directed by Ryan Murphy, starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons, and based on the play by Larry Kramer, the film chronciles the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, with doctors and activists trying to raise awareness about the disease, fighting against an indifferent medical community and politicians who won’t come near the cause. Potent stuff, and it’ll be a tricky balance to get across the drama without tipping too far into histrionics. But this is the kind of cast that can walk that line.
“The Normal Heart” debuts on HBO on May 25th. Watch below.