For the last couple of years, director Steven Soderbergh has been slowly putting together a biopic of closeted gay entertainer Liberace, called Behind The Candelabra. Now the cameras are rolling, with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his younger lover, Scott Thorson.
The first image of the two actors on set has been snapped, via E!, which sees Douglas and Damon really rocking the 1970s look for the HBO movie.
While Liberace went to his grave never publicly saying he was gay, after his relationship with Thorson broke up, the younger man – who had plenty of troubles of his own, including drug addiction – sued the entertainer for palimony. They settled out of court shortly before Liberace died of AIDS in 1987. The film about the two of them should arrive sometime in 2013. It’s due for an initial TV airing in the States, but may get a cinematic release over here.