Matt Bomer has finalized plans to play Montgomery Clift in a biopic for HBO. The project has been in development for a while, with Bomer saying he didn’t want to do it unless they could do it right.
Larry Moss is set to direct the film with a script by Christopher Lovick that is being re-written by Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias. Moss will also serve as an executive producer.
The film will focus on a period of time when Montgomery Clift was deeply involved with Elizabeth Taylor around the filming of A Place In the Sun, in which she co-starred. Montgomery Clift was an actor who was popular in the 1950s. His popularity was similar to other famous stars such as Marlon Brando and James Dean. He was also known as one of the first method actors in Hollywood, something he has in common with Brando. Clift was the first actor in Hollywood that refused to sign a studio contract, choosing to work as a free agent instead, eventually leading to the downfall of the old studio system where actors were contracted by studios and had to do whatever films they were assigned. He was in a car accident that broke his nose and partially paralyzed his face. He continued to act, though he was haunted by the accident. He received an Academy Award nomination for Judgment at Nuremberg, one of his last films, which marked his fourth nomination.
Clift kept his personal life to himself, and struggled with his sexual orientation, resorting to drugs and alcohol after the car accident.
“To see the kind of intense vulnerability and realism that he brought to his work at a time when that was not the style – it’s profound,” Bomer said about Clift last year. “He knew everything he was feeling inside – or if he didn’t, you wondered, why was he feeling that when the scene was this? To get to portray someone who was so formative to me as an artist would be terrifying and daunting and thrilling.”
Some of Clift’s best known films include A Place In the Sun, From Here to Eternity, and Judgment at Nuremberg.
Bomer has already shown he can look the part, dressing in the Rat Pack style as Neal Caffrey as his just finished television show, White Collar.
He has also won a Critics Choice Award for his role as Felix Turner in The Normal Heart, another movie for HBO. Homer was also nominated for an Emmy Award for The Normal Heart and is up for a Golden Globe Award this weekend.
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