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Ruth Wilson Joins 'The Book of Ruth'

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By Valerie Thompson

Ruth Wilson is heading back to the big screen for "The Book of Ruth". The actress, last seen on HBO's " His Dark Materials", joins Matt Bomer for this true story of AIDS activist Ruth Coker Burks. The mother turned advocate created a sensation with endless work to educate others on the disease; during this period she also provided care to those in need. The biographical project is expected to be one of the most talked-about during the upcoming European Film Market.

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Matt Bomer also joins Wilson in an unannounced role; the actor has been winning raves for his current performance USA's "The Sinner". For Bomer, this project is not his first to delve into the subject of the AIDS crisis. He also had a role in HBO's "The Normal Heart" and will be a part of the upcoming "The Boys in the Band" big-screen adaptation. It is more than a project for the openly gay actor who has happily married to publicist Simon Halls. The couple is parents to three children and advocate for causes throughout the world.

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The film itself also gives Wilson talented backup behind-the-camera as Tony-nominee Michael Arden directs. This is Arden's first feature film debut and one that he seems enthusiastic about. In an interview with Deadline the director spoke about his commitment to the material. “It’s a great honor and privilege to tell this important story about the responsibility one human has to another, especially in a time of crisis,” he said. The director also talked about what shaped his enthusiasm as well as his view of the film's subject matter. “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.”

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Wilson is no stranger to bringing strong as well as memorable performances to the screen; for many fans it was her performance on BBC's "Luther" that continues to be a benchmark. Over the show's run, her portrayal of Alice Morgan left audiences as well as Luther himself in a bind about the character's intentions.

Her work goes back to a first starring role in the series "Jane Eyre". The four-part series put Wilson in the title role as the brooding heroine.

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Wilson's appearance on another series, "The Affair", would produce both accolades and headlines when the actress left under less than perfect circumstances.

During her time with the Showtime hit, Wilson earned critical acclaim in one of the show's starring roles and finally won a Golden Globe for the portrayal of Alison Bailey. Behind-the-scenes everything was not what it seemed for Wilson. As speculation ran rampant,The Hollywood Reporter reported on the "difficult" conditions the actress had to face on a daily basis.

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