At the end of The Misfits, an aging cowboy and a former dancer have found each other and are heading home in the night. The final lines of the film, the last ever spoken by Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe on-screen, are a beautiful elegy for two of Hollywood’s greatest stars:

“How do you find your way back in the dark?”
“Just head for that big star straight on. The highway is under it. It’ll take us right home.”

Matt Bomer, who lost the plum role of Christian Grey in the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey, has landed an even better part—iconic actor Montgomery Clift in an upcoming biopic. Bomer is one of the most gorgeous men working in Hollywood today, but when I heard he had been cast as Clift, I first thought, Is he good-looking enough? Bomer is hot, but Clift’s beauty is timeless: “He was so gorgeous you could hardly look at him,” remembered his biographer, Patricia Bosworth. Elizabeth Taylor, Clift’s leading lady in A Place in the Sun, thought Montgomery Clift was the “most gorgeous thing in the world.” When she met Clift for the first time, her “heart stopped”—and a lifelong friendship began.