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Michael Douglas Confirms Steven Soderbergh's 'Liberace' Is Next, Will Lens May Or June 2011

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 30, 2010 5:53 AM
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Role Will Require Prosthetic Work & Musical Training

A double dose of good news in this story. Firstly, Michael Douglas, who has been valiantly battling throat cancer appears to be very much on the mend and in his first post-illness interview with The Hollywood Reporter (definitely worth a read) the actor reveals that Steven Soderbergh's "Liberace" is very much going to happen.

One of our first selfish fears when we heard that actor Michael Douglas had contracted throat cancer was, “crap, bye, bye ‘Liberace’ film” however as early as a month ago, it appeared our doom and gloom outlook was entirely premature. Speaking to EW, Matt Damon revealed, "I’ve talked to Michael and everything’s on schedule for him, which is great. So we’ve all cleared our schedules and are all really excited about that happening."

And now, Douglas confirms that he's getting ready to prepare for the role saying, “I’ve got a bunch of tapes of performances,” adding, “I’m thinking; I’m a blank slate. Everything shows me he was a lovely man; I just want to reconfirm that.” The role will certainly be one that will require a fair bit of work. Douglas will undergo musical training and will also wear special prosthetics, most likely to make him appear as close to the Liberace as possible.

The biopic will chronicle the secretive relationship between Liberace his lover Scott Thorson and will be based on Thorson's book, “Behind the Candelabra (My Life With Liberace).” And just how "lovely" of a person Liberace remains to be seen. He famously battled Thorson in court after he sued him for palimony following their breakup. Liberace vigorously denied his homosexuality and his own conservative views in public ran directly counter to his private life. He was certainly a complex man and we hope that's reflected in the script by Richard LaGravenese (”Conviction,” “The Fisher King”).

For now, Douglas is very much on the road to recovery with a positive eye on the future while Damon and Soderbergh are hard at work on the virus-thriller "Contagion." Look for "Haywire" in theaters next year and Soderbergh recently signed on to direct "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." which has George Clooney attached to star and a tentative late 2011 or early 2012 start date on the schedule.

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  • Kokak | December 15, 2010 10:12 AMReply


  • The Bard | December 15, 2010 10:10 AMReply

    Imagine.....A shirtless MattAdore,
    poolside by moonlight, twirling
    a red silk shirt around
    his motorcycle helmet-for bull,
    doing a mock ballet
    to Liberace playing Malaguena !

  • The Brad | December 15, 2010 10:02 AMReply


  • Kojak | December 15, 2010 9:51 AMReply

    I liked, "The King Of California" so Much, you know, I will love the you-know-who, ton's more than Hershey Kisses !!!

  • sidney falco | December 1, 2010 12:54 AMReply

    Richard LaGravenese's script was the best script I've read in years...the movie will be amazing...wonder if Warner's is still going to produce/distribute?

  • LPB | December 1, 2010 12:38 AMReply

    Keep on mending!

  • ken | November 30, 2010 11:23 AMReply

    Michael Douglas will have the 2013 Best Actor Oscar locked up if he can pull this off, which I think he can. But if you think about it, this is probably the most ambitious role he's ever done (or about to do) so far.

  • BradZuhl | November 30, 2010 9:44 AMReply

    Really glad that Michael Douglas is on the mend and we'll be seeing him in films for many years to come. There's a perverse perfection about casting him as Liberace. Can't wait to see him decked out in furs and rhinestones and jewelry.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | November 30, 2010 8:09 AMReply

    "We Bought A Zoo" starts around March 2011.

  • A Baby Named Jesus | November 30, 2010 8:08 AMReply

    When does Damon begin work on WE BOUGHT A ZOO, anyone know?

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