Matt Bomer, best known for his roles on TV’s White Collar, in movies like Magic Mike, and in Change.org petitions such as “We want Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on 50 Shades,” has reportedly been cast as Montgomery Clift in an upcoming biopic about the actor.
Deadline reports that Bomer, 35, will star in the forthcoming, yet-to-be-financed indie about the handsome, multiple Academy Award nominee who died of a heart attack at age 45. The independent film, tentatively titled Monty Clift, will be directed by Larry Moss, a longtime acting coach whose directing experience comes largely via the theater world. The screenplay is by Christopher Lovick, in his feature-length-script debut.
As The Playlist notes, the movie’s IMDB description suggests it will focus on Clift’s experience working with Elizabeth Taylor in 1951’s A Place In The Sun, a role that led to the second of Clift’s four Oscar nominations.
Assuming the money gets locked in and this all comes together, it could be a low-key but astute way for Bomer to prove his capabilities as a leading man. If Bomer had been cast as Christian Grey in 50 Shades Of Grey—which, as that petition demonstrates, many contemporary-erotica fans were hoping for—he would have been subject to enormous pressure and scrutiny. By going the indie route for his first true starring movie role, he’s dissipated that pressure. And by playing a man who was known for both his acting chops and his ability to make hearts throb, Bomer is sending the signal that perhaps he has both of those tools in his arsenal, too.