The actor will portray Bruce Niles, a gay investment banker who is in the closet, who becomes a powerful AIDS activist. Lee Pace originally portrayed the character in Larry Kramer's Tony-award winning play. Larry Kramer also wrote the screenplay adaptation. The story is set in 1980s New York City, during the HIV/AIDS crisis that galvanized the nation.
Mark Ruffalo is portraying Ned Weeks, who witnesses what this deadly disease can do first-hand, when several of his friends begin passing away. Matthew Bomer portrays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned's lover. Julia Roberts is playing Dr. Emma Brookner, a paraplegic physician who treated many of the first AIDS patients. Alec Baldwin and Jim Parsons also star.
The project was initially slated for a theatrical debut, before HBO Films acquired the project in January. Production will begin later this year, with the movie slated to debut in 2014 on HBO.