The life story of Wladziu Valentino Liberace has always been intriguing and very filmic. Flashy, flamboyant, and yes, closeted, Liberace regaled everyone and became one of the most interesting pop culture icons.
Now, I'm hearing that Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh is getting ready to make a film about the master showman with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas attached to the project!
Douglas will play Liberace while Damon will star as his partner/companion, Scott Thorson. Soderbergh tells MTV news, "Everybody is hopeful that there will be a full-on, love-wrestling match between these guys...That's not where my mind went, but we have a hot-tub scene in there."
Damon told MTV that he and Douglas were getting ready for some kissing scenes. "I saw Michael last night...he looks at me and goes, 'Get your Chapstick ready!' "
Soderbergh revealed that his film version will be told from the perspective of Thorson. The director revealed, "We have this framing device in which he's laying [the story] out for us. As a narrator, it feels like he has an agenda — and then when you get to the ending you realize, 'Oh, it's not what I thought.'
Here's more of what Soderbergh said to MTV:
"It's pretty crazy," Soderbergh said of the film's tone. "I don't think it's a comedy, but it's pretty funny because the environment and the lifestyle are so extreme that even just having these guys carry on a quote-unquote 'normal' conversation in one of these rooms wearing the clothes that they wore, it's hard to look at that and take it at face value.
"I think it's going to be really funny," he said of the flick that will reunite him with "The Informant!" star Damon, and set the actor and Douglas amid an array of candles, pianos, diamonds and other Liberace hallmarks. "It lands in a really unexpected way. The ending is surprisingly emotional. It will be unexpected. It ends really, really well.
"I'm really excited about it," he added. "Those guys are going to be amazing."
I can't wait! For now, take a look at Liberace's grand entrance in one of his Vegas shows (yeah, "Ocean's Eleven's" Soderbergh returns to Vegas, this time featuring different men )
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