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Matt Damon, Michael Douglas cast in Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Steven Soderbergh’s long-rumored Liberace project finally is moving forward with Michael Douglas in the lead role as the legendary pianist and showman.

“Behind the Candelabra” will be filmed for HBO Films by Soderbergh from a screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, THR reports. And in the key role of Liberace’s young lover, Soderbergh has lured his regular collaborator, Matt Damon (“Contagion,” “The Informant!”)

“This is a story that’s going to surprise a lot of people,” HBO Films president Len Amato said in an announcement. “It’s funny, heartbreaking and always fascinating, and we are delighted that Jerry [Weintraub] and Steven brought the film to HBO. With Steven at the helm, directing such accomplished actors as Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, this is a dream project for us.”

“I’ve wanted to make a film about Liberace for a very long time, and after the amazing experience I had with HBO on ‘His Way,’ I knew that they were absolutely the right place for this movie,” Weintraub said. “I am thrilled that we have the incomparable Michael Douglas to inhabit the role of Liberace, as well as the exceptional Matt Damon to play the pivotal part of Scott Thorson. Putting these two fine actors in the creative hands of Steven Soderberg — it doesn’t get better than that.”

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