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."
Director Steven Soderbergh, once-rumored to be retiring from filmmaking, has seen a string of hits and artistically interesting films released at the box office. "Contagion," a 70's-inspired disease thriller featuring an ensemble cast of Oscar nominees and winners, as well as "Contagion", an action film featuring MMA fighter Gina Carano, and most recently, "Magic Mike" starring Channing Tatum, Olivia Munn and Alex Pettyfer. Soderbergh is also a Best Director winner at the Oscars, for the 2001 drama "Traffic."
Matt Damon will be playing Liberace's much-younger lover, Scott Thorson, according to Yahoo. Thorson was Liberace's live-in lover/limo driver during the star's career. What is perhaps most exciting about this project is that it began life as a simple indie movie, but found distribution through HBO, who were hot for the property (according to Deadline). The film has been in development for over three years, and is currently in-production.