And get this: He’s playing Taylor Kitsch’s love interest. If you’ve seen Friday Night Lights or John Carter, then you know full well how awesome this casting decision is. The pure awesomeness of J.Groff + the gorgeous, chiseled ab-tacularness of Taylor Kitsch? Yes, please.
Set in New York City in the early 1980s, The Normal Heart chronicles the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Taylor will play Bruce Niles, an investment banker-turned-AIDS activist, while Jonathan takes on the role of Craig, Bruce’s first lover, who ultimately succumbs to the disease.
We’re most familiar seeing Jonathan in more comedic, light-hearted roles, so we’re excited by the prospect of seeing him take on such a dramatic and impactful piece. What do you think: Will you be watching when The Normal Heart premieres on HBO next year?