Broadway vet Cheyenne Jackson is in talks to star in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra, according to Indiewire. Written by Richard LaGravenese (Water For Elephants, The Fisher King) and inspired by Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace by Liberace's lover Scott Thorson, the film also stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson.
Wladziu Valentino Liberace, know best simply as Liberace, was a pianist and vocalist who became the highest-paid entertainer in the world during the 1950s-1970s. At the height of his forty-year career, Liberace became synonymous with his over-the-top opulence, often dressing himself in rhinestones, sequins, mink and gold. Liberace starred in several films and became a mainstay on television, starring in his own 1952 series, The Liberace Show, which spawned a successful recording career with Columbia Records. Liberace died of pneumonia caused by AIDS on February 4, 1987 at the age of 67.
According to the report, Rob Lowe has also joined the cast playing a plastic surgeon and Boyd Holbrook is also in negotiations to play one of Liberace's lovers. Jackson's role in the film is unknown at this time.
Jackson is eyeing a return to Broadway this fall in The Performers and he is currently starring in MCC’s The Heart of The Matter, a four-night-only benefit event at the Lucille Lortel Theatre June 13 through 16. His other credits include All Shook Up, Finian's Rainbow, The Agony and the Agony, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Xanadu. He has also appeared on TV's 30 Rock, Glee and Ugly Betty.