Michael Douglas reunites with TRAFFIC director Steven Soderbergh to play Liberace

Michael Douglas reunites with TRAFFIC director Steven Soderbergh to play Liberace
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It seems these days whenever Michael Douglas is in the news, it's talking about his (hopefully past) problems with throat cancer, which definitely appeared fairly serious for a while. Several months back he saw a bit of a comeback with WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, Oliver Stone's long-awaited sequel to the original WALL STREET in which Douglas reprised his memorable role of Gordon Gecko. Now it appears he's interested in playing a rather memorable real life entertainer, the flamboyant musician Liberace. And who would direct this ambitious biopic? None other than Steven Soderbergh (who previously directed Douglas in TRAFFIC). The film's screenplay is to be based on the book Behind the Candelabra (My Life With Liberace) by Liberace's lover Scott Thorson, and Matt Damon has signed on to play Thorson in the film. Damon is currently shooting the sci-fi film CONTAGION with Soderbergh. The film begins shooting in May (possibly June) of 2011, and is said to require special prosthetics to achieve Liberace's look, and extensive musical training. Douglas was quoted to say: "I've got a bunch of tapes of performances. I'm thinking; I'm a blank slate. Everything shows me he was a lovely man; I just want to reconfirm that." This could be a great project, and depending on how Douglas' health maintains itself, a nice movie for him to possibly consider retiring with. Then again, especially looking at his seemingly indestructible father Kirk Douglas, we may be seeing Michael in films for many years to come. What do you think about the possibility of a Liberace movie with Douglas playing the entertainer? Let us know in the comments below. Source: THR

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