Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in The Normal Heart

Mark Ruffalo as a gay man and Julia Roberts as a distraught doctor feature in the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated star-studded gay and Aids themed movie The Normal Heart.

The film, which explores the chaos and tragedy that unfolded during the early days of the HIV epidemic in in New York City, is based on Larry Kramer’s acclaimed 1985 play of same name.

As more gay men become sick from the mysterious disease, doctors are mystified as how to treat it and politicians see its spread as a mere ‘gay issue’.

“I am trying to understand why nobody gives a shit that we’re dying!” shouts Mark Ruffalo, who plays gay activist Ned Weeks, in the trailer.

The film is directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy and also stars a host of openly gay actors including Jonathan Groff (Glee, Looking), Matt Bomer (Magic Mike, White Collar), and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory).

In order to show the ravages of Aids, filming was temporarily stopped to allow some of the actors to lose weight for their performances.

As was the case with Behind the Candelabra, the film will be broadcast on the HBO channel. It premières on May 25. Watch the trailer below.

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