Michael Douglas & Matt Damon's Liberace Bio Headed To HBO

By Access Hollywood
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:32 AM PDT
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Michael Douglas & Matt Damon's Liberace Bio Headed To HBO

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Matt Damon, left, and Michael Douglas are shown at the after party for the film "Contagion," in New York. Douglas and Damon will star as Liberace and Scott Thorson, Liberace's younger live-in lover for HBO's its upcoming biopic of legendary pianist, titled "Behind the Candelabra".

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HBO says Michael Douglas is taking to the keyboard for its upcoming biopic of legendary pianist Liberace.

"Behind the Candelabra" will be directed by Steven Soderbergh. It will also star Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, the younger live-in lover of the flamboyant entertainer, to be played by Douglas. HBO made the announcement Tuesday.

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Jerry Weintraub ("Ocean's Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen") is executive producer.

The film's title refers to the trademark candelabra always gracing Liberace's grand pianowhen he performed. He was also known for his outrageous costumes and extravagant jewelry.

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The 67-year-old Douglas has recently battled throat cancer, but last January he announced his tumor was gone and predicted he had beaten the disease.

"Behind the Candelabra" is scheduled to begin production next summer. No airdate was announced.

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Copyright 2011 by Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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