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January 6, 2013

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PASADENA, Calif. —

"Yeah, that's kind of my opening line," Soderbergh snarked.

Ryan Murphy will direct Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in Larry Kramer's adaptation of his Tony-winning play "The Normal Heart" for HBO.

Roberts, who was last directed by Murphy in the best-forgotten "Eat Pray Love," will play Emma Brookner, a physician who treated some of the earliest HIV/AIDS patients in New York in the early '80s. Ruffalo will take the role of Ned Weeks, the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Bomer has been cast as the reporter who became his lover.

The project, which was knocking around last year, won't be seen until 2014, HBO announced.

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