Michael Douglas Playing Liberace, Who Apparenly May Have Been Gay!?

September 11, 2008

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Steven Soderbergh has announced plans to direct a Liberace biopiic with Michael Douglas in the starring, glittering-caped role. From Variety:

Steven Soderbergh is in the early stages of developing a biopic about Liberace for Warner Bros., which he will direct.

The filmmaker said he has drafted his "Traffic" star Michael Douglas to play the flamboyant pianist.

Soderbergh is in discussions with Matt Damon to play Scott Thorson, who sued Liberace in 1982 for $113 million in palimony, claiming he was the entertainer’s companion for five years. Even though Liberace never wavered from career-long denials that he was gay, Thorson reportedly settled for $95,000 in 1986.

Oh man, how is this going to affect the Nicolas Cage-starring, Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg-written Liberace picture we heard about in '96 '06? At the time I didn't really care about it, but now that I know Seltzer and Friedberg did Meet the Spartans/Disaster Movie/Other Terrible Pseudo-Parody Movies, I really want to see how amazingly offensive that could be. And how will it affect when Bugs Bunny plays him?

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