HBO Announces ‘The Normal Heart’ May Premiere & The Cast Of ‘Olive Kitteridge’

The Normal Heart

HBO has plans to roll out two intriguing special presentations this year. In May, the paid cabler network will debut Ryan Murphy’s (Glee) The Normal Heart. Adapted by ‘Women In Love’s Larry Kramer from his play of the same name, the drama explores the effects on several individuals from different social circles, living in New York City in the 1980’s during the onset of the HIV-Aids epidemic.

Alfred Molina (An Education) leads ‘The Normal Heart’ alongside Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love), Mark Ruffalo (American Hustle), Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Matt Bomer (White Collar), and more. Ruffalo will play a determined doctor looking for answers after a mysterious disease takes hold. Roberts will also play a physician with Bomer on board as a reporter. Kitsch will portray a closeted investment banker turned aids activist.

HBO has also announced the upcoming miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Frances McDormand (North Country) and Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) will star. The four-part series will tell the tragic story of a New England town where illicit affairs have become a normal occurrence. McDormand’s Olive will narrate the story with “wicked wit and harsh demeanor.” Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Frances McDormand and Jane Anderson serve as executive producers. An official release date has yet to be announced.