Michael Douglas-starring Liberace biopic heads to HBO

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“Behind the Candelabra,” the Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas, will air on HBO.

The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh (‘Traffic,’ ‘Contagion’), takes a look at the turbulent relationship between the late, flamboyant pianist and his younger live-in lover Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon.


“From the inception of this project, we’ve had two priorities: getting it right creatively, and getting as many people as possible to see it,” says Soderbergh. “HBO’s fearless approach to original programming and their unparalleled ability to pull in viewers make them the perfect fit for us. Apart from my hair growing back, I couldn’t be happier.”

Born Wladziu Valentino Liberace, the ‘Glitter Man’ was a staple of early 1950s television and became an institution in Las Vegas until his death from AIDS in 1987.

News of the biopic was first announced back in 2009. The script was written by writer/director Richard LaGravenese (“ The Bridges of Madison County”)

Production will begin in summer 2012 in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.


Producer Jerry Weintraub discusses Liberace biopic ‘Behind the Candelabra’

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Left: Michael Douglas attends the Michael Kors Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Theater at Lincoln Center on Sept. 14, 2011 in New York City. Credit: Joe Corrigan / Getty Images

Right: Liberace performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on May 27, 1971. Credit: Associated Press