There are mortal beings and there are legends. Michael Douglas is the latter. After his cancer diagnosis a few months ago, some feared that one of the great movie stars of the past few decades was on his way out. It turns out the Doom and Gloom reports of his impending demise were greatly exaggerated: Douglas is not only well on the road to recovery, he's ready to play the famously flamboyant performer Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's appropriately titled 'Liberace.'

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop: the film is set to start shooting next summer and the role will require Douglas to act behind facial prosthetics and undertake musical training. On the role, the Oscar winning actor says: "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."

When the project was first announced two years ago, Douglas was set to star alongside Matt Damon and Soderbergh would direct from a script by Richard LaGravenese. Then Soderbergh chose to make the thriller 'Contagion' first, Douglas' health problems arose and the film's future looked indefinite. Now, here we are: pending Douglas' final prognosis in January (and things are looking good), 'Liberace' will happen and Soderbergh will direct. There is still no word on whether or not the increasingly busy Damon is still attached to the film, but considering that he and Soderbergh have worked together five times before, put your money on him showing up.

The casting of the 66-year-old Douglas as Liberace suggests that the film won't be a straightforward biopic, but one that focuses on the later years of the performer's life, like the infamous court case between him and his bodyguard Scott Thorson, who sued his former boss for $113 million in palimony after claiming they were a couple for five years (Liberace had spent his entire life refuting claims that he was gay, even winning a lawsuit against The Daily Mirror in 1957 when a columnist referred to him as "fruit flavored"). There's definitely a potentially interesting movie here, Douglas is inspired casting and Soderbergh, being the ridiculously talented jack of all trades that he is, will certainly bring something unique to the table. Keep this one on your radar, folks.
CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical