Hit the jump for a starring role for Ruffalo.
In more serious genre territory, MTV reports that Mark Ruffalo has signed on to star in a new drama called The Normal Heart that Glee creator Ryan Murphy is involved with. But this is no bubbly singing fest. Rather, it's based on Larry Kramer's semi-autobiographical play about the rise of HIV-AIDS in Manhattan in the early '80s. The play was first produced by Shakespeare icon Joseph Papp at The Public Theater back in 1985.
Kramer adapted his work for the screen, which is in Ruffalo's words, a:
As of now, there's no word on when production will kick off, but in the interim, you can catch Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right."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. We can get really cynical about what we can do, it gets stacked against us and they're all corrupt -- and at the end of the day, everything starts with people. The reason they're there is because of us. "