Matt Damon is slated to appear in the HBO film “Behind The Candelabra,” about famous piano man Liberace. Michael Douglas will star as Liberace.
The Steven Soderbergh film (“Magic Mike,” “Ocean’s 11″) is not the first time the three men have teamed up. Legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch (“The Sting”) will score the film, which is said to focus more on the darker side of the famous musician, who kept his homosexuality a secret during his stardom.
The film’s producer, Jerry Weintraub, told the Los Angeles Times, “I wanted people to see the other side of Liberace, I knew Liberace when I was kid. He entertained me a lot, we had a lot of good times together. He was a fun guy and a brilliant artist. He was Elton John and Lady Gaga before they even dreamed of it.”
Soderbergh, once-rumored to be retiring from filmmaking, has seen a string of hits and artistically interesting films released at the box office. He has directed several films, including “Contagion,” and most recently, “Magic Mike,” starring Channing Tatum, Olivia Munn and Alex Pettyfer. Soderbergh won an Oscar in 2001 for best director for the drama “Traffic.”
Damon will play Liberace’s much-younger lover, Scott Thorson, according to Yahoo. Thorson was Liberace’s live-in lover and limo driver. The film project began as an indie movie and found distribution through HBO, which was hot for the property, according to Deadline. The film, which has been in development for more than three years, is set to debut on HBO in 2013.