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Jonathan Groff to Play Taylor Kitsch's Lover in The Normal Heart Film; Tony Winner Joe Mantello Joins Cast

Jonathan Groff to Play Taylor Kitsch's Lover in The Normal Heart Film; Tony Winner Joe Mantello Joins Cast
Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff joins the starry cast for HBO's 'The Normal Heart.' Audience Choice Award winner Jonathan Groff is the latest addition to director Ryan Murphy’s star-studded film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, according to Groff will play Craig, the HIV-positive lover of Bruce Niles, who will be played by the previously announced Taylor Kitsch. Tony winner Joe Mantello (who nabbed a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Ned Weeks in the 2011 Broadway revival of The Normal Heart) has also joined the movie as activist Mickey Marcus.

Groff and Mantello join a star-studded cast that includes Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner, Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, Orphans star Alec Baldwin as Ben Weeks and Jim Parsons (who co-starred in the 2011 revival) as Tommy Boatwright.

Set in New York in the early 1980s at the beginning of the HIV-AIDS crisis, Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play follows gay activists and their allies in the medical community as they struggle to expose the truth about the “gay epidemic” to a nation in denial.

Groff’s garnered a Tony nomination for his performance of Spring Awakening. His other stage credits include The Submission, The Singing Forest and Hair. His other notable film and TV credits include a recurring gig on Murphy's Glee and Boss and the upcoming Disney animated movie Frozen. He will also lead the upcoming HBO pilot about gay men living in San Francisco.

As a director Mantello is currently represented on Broadway with the blockbuster Wicked and the Bette Midler vehicle I'll Eat You Last. His other Broadway directing credits include 9 to 5, Pal Joey, Three Days of Rain, Glengarry Glen Ross, Love! Valour! Compassion! and November. He won Tony Awards for his direction of Assassins and Take Me Out. He is also a Tony-nominated actor for his roles in The Normal Heart and the original production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

No exact premiere date has been set for the HBO film.

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