Gay actor Matt Bomer will join Ruth Wilson to star in The Book Of Ruth, a feature based on the true story of Ruth Coker Burks, a devout Christian divorcée and single mother from Arkansas who became a champion and caregiver for AIDS sufferers in 1980s America.
The drama, set in 1983, features Burks (Wilson) living a busy life caring for her six-year-old daughter, Jessica when a handsome gay man (Bomer) moves in next door from New York following the death of his partner from an AIDS-related illness. After getting to know him, Burks decides to educate herself on the epidemic sweeping the US.
The Book Of Ruth will be director Michael Arden’s (Once On This Island, Spring Awakening) debut into feature films. In an interview with Deadline Arden said it was a “great honour and a privilege” to tell the story of Burks.
“As a gay man, I feel that Ruth’s story of empathy in the face of great prejudice and adversary is one so needed in our modern time. It is vital for us to remember that we lost an entire generation to the AIDS epidemic and that so many people, including Ruth, sacrificed their own comfort, station and livelihood to help those in need during this plague,” Arden said.
Bomer, who came out in 2012, has previously starred in Superman: Unbound (2013), Magic Mike XXL (2015), and Walking Out (2017).