02/27/2014 04:38 pm ET Updated Feb 27, 2014

Ryan Murphy's 'Normal Heart' Gets HBO Premiere Date


Ryan Murphy’s sure-to-devastate film "The Normal Heart" has a premiere date.

The star-packed project based on Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play of the same name tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, “taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.” The cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts. A trailer (not yet released) was shown to critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in January and the initial reaction in the room was that it’s a pretty emotional piece of filmmaking.