The openly gay actor in a romantic leading role remains the final frontier for the US movie industry and Matt Bomer is shaping up as a candidate to scale that mountain.
The star of TV’s White Collar was in Austin, Texas, this week for the world premiere of Space Station 76 at the South by Southwest film Festival.
He stars in the sci-fi flick with Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler.
It was announced this week that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to distribute the comedy drama set in the 1970s.
Bomer plays a mechanic with a robotic arm at refueling station hovering out in space. His wife (Marisa Coughlan) and daughter are there with him but the wife has a wandering eye.
The film is from writer-director Jack Plotnick and also features Matthew Morrison and Jerry O’Connell, among others.
‘I was sent the script and it really resonated with me,’ Bomer said in an interview with Screenrant.com this week. ‘I loved the character and I loved the writing and I just thought I have to do this.’
He added: ‘I couldn’t believe I was given the opportunity to do this actually.’
Bomer also has a major role in HBO’s upcoming film The Normal Heart and appeared in the 2012 box office hit Magic Mike.
Bomer fans also lobbied hard, but ultimately unsuccessfully, for him to be cast as the male lead in the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey. But the role of Christian Grey first went to Charlie Hunnam who dropped out and was replaced by Jamie Dornan.