Montgomery Clift was a prolific film actor in the ’50s and early 60s who starred in classic films like The Heiress, Red River, From Here to Eternity and Judgment at Nuremberg, and was one of Elizabeth Taylor’s best friends, before his death from a heart attack in July 1966 at the young age of 45. They starred together in 1951’s “A Place in the Sun” and the 1957 Civil War epic “Raintree County”.
Clift was one of Hollywood’s most well-known male stars during his prime, starting in theaters and then moving to the big screen. Over the course of his career, he earned four Oscar nominations. But his personal life was tumultuous, even as his professional one was on the rise. He struggled with his sexual orientation and developed a drug and alcohol addiction after a car accident left his face partially paralyzed.
Actor Matt Bomer is all set to portray legendary actor Montgomery Clift in a new biopic. The 37-year-old 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 be the script-writers of the film. This isn’t the first time that Bomer has teamed with HBO for an original movie. Last year, he played Felix Turner in the network’s The Normal Heart, which chronicles the rise of AIDS in New York. The small screen film earned critical acclaim after its premiere in May, winning the Emmy for Outstanding TV Film. Bomer himself also earned high praise for his individual performance. He was nominated for an Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie last year and earned a second nod for the role at 2015’s Golden Globes.
The biopic will focus on Clift’s longtime relationship with Elizabeth Taylor. Bomer, has been married to Simon Halls since 2011 and is a father to 3 children.