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Brad Pitt and Plan B To Produce Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Normal Heart,’ Starring Mark Ruffalo

Posted by , on September 2, 2011 at 10:04 am 

About a year ago, it was revealed that Mark Ruffalo would be starring for Glee creator Ryan Murphy in The Normal Heart, a film version of the play by Larry Kramer, who also wrote the screenplay. But with the exception of Murphy expressing his desire to cast Julia Roberts as the female lead, news on it has been pretty quiet since.

However, Variety (via ThePlaylist) is now reporting that Brad Pitt‘s Plan B Entertainment will be producing, a move that should serve as a big step forward. While there’s still no word on who will actually be distributing, the involvement of Plan B will undoubtedly get a couple of studios interested.

Here’s how Ruffalo described it:

“It’s basically a story of when the AIDS outbreak happened in New York. It wasn’t really taken seriously, I think specifically because it was ‘the gay cancer,’ they called it. I think it’s a really interesting time in America. I think to see someone who really does change the world by his commitment and he’s even totally by himself at times, there’s still a real power in that. I love that it’s a people-powered movement that actually changed the way our government looked at this epidemic. I think there’s a real powerful message to that and something that we forget.”

Despite not being a fan of Murphy‘s work (he also directed last year’s Eat Pray Love), I have enough love for Ruffalo to find myself interested. The role sounds like it could really allow him to flex his acting muscles a little more, since he’ll probably play someone afflicted with the disease; there’s a reason it’s the kind of part many actively seek. Murphy is still a black mark of sorts, but if these other parties find themselves interested, then so do I.

Would you want to see this film? Does Pitt coming aboard to produce increase your interest at all?


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