Michael Douglas, Matt Damon to star in new biopic

September 12th, 2008 - 11:21 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 12 (IANS) Hollywood actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are set to star in a no-holds barred biopic of flamboyant pianist Liberace, who died of AIDS in 1987.Liberace, who was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace, became a huge star in Las Vegas with live shows during the 1970s and 80s. He died at age 67, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Liberace always denied he was gay, successfully suing the Daily Mirror in 1957 over a Cassandra column that described him as “fruit-flavoured”.

Matt Damon has reportedly been tapped to play Scott Thorson, who claimed to have been Liberace’s partner for five years, and sued the pianist in 1982 for $ 60 million alimony after an acrimonious break-up.

The two actors are teaming up with director Steven Soderbergh.

“Michael sees Liberace as a potential Oscar-winning role. It’ll be good to see Douglas truly flex his acting muscles for the first time in a while,” an insider revealed.

However, the movie is not likely to be made any time soon because of Soderbergh’s busy shooting schedule, according to Variety magazine.

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