The anticipation is growing for Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra, which is due to air on HBO in the US in May and should reach the UK shortly afterwards. Now THR has debuted a new pic from the film, which features Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
Although we’ve seen a couple of pics promoting the film before (taken from an HBO promo video), this is billed as the first official image.
The film concentrates on the flamboyant pianist’s relationship with the much younger Scotty Thorson between 1917 and 1982. Liberace was famously closeted – insisting publicly he just hadn’t found the right girl – but his secret threatened to be exposed after he split with Thorson, when the younger man sued him for alimony.
While talking about the movie the stars and director have promised that the movie doesn’t shy away from the sexual side of the men’s relationship. Indeed Soderbergh has suggested that the reason it ended up at HBO was because the the major studios are still afraid of anything that’s unapologetically gay.
Take a look at the new pic above.