Matt Bomer to Play Montgomery Clift in New Biopic

The new HBO film will focus on Clift's relationship with Elizabeth Taylor

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Matt Bomer is set to star as one of Hollywood’s most charismatic – and tormented – leading men, Montgomery Clift.

The White Collar star will play the film icon in a new HBO biopic, Monty Clift. Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, who penned the 2014 feature Love Is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, will write the script.

Clift starred in such classics as The Heiress, Red River, From Here to Eternity and Judgement at Nuremberg and was a close friend of Elizabeth Taylor, his costar in 1951’s A Place in the Sun and the 1957 Civil War epic Raintree County. The biopic will focus on their longtime relationship.

He was also gay, although his sexuality, while whispered about, did not become publicly known until the ’70s (thanks to a pair of best-selling posthumous biographies), after Clift’s 1965 death from a heart attack at the age of 45.

Bomer, who has been married to Simon Halls since 2011, most recently appeared on HBO’s The Normal Heart and wrapped filming on the highly anticipated Magic Mike: XXL.

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