Director Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects opens in theaters this Friday, but the filmmaker also has another (possibly final) film set for release in 2013 as well: the Liberace movie Behind the Candelabra. HBO has now unveiled the first official image from the pic, giving us a look at Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson. The story centers on the tempestuous relationship between the two throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977. We’ve yet to see a trailer, but I’m inclined to say that Candelabra will be a lot of fun given the talent both onscreen and behind the camera.
Hit the jump to check out the image and an official synopsis, and if you missed any portions of Steve’s recent interview with Soderbergh, click here. Behind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO in May.
Here’s the official synopsis for Behind the Candelabra:
Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship — from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up.