Oscar winner Douglas will play the legendary entertainer in the Steven Soderbergh-directed (and Jerry Weintraub-exec produced) Behind the Candelabra, while Damon will portray Thorson.
“From the inception of this project, we’ve had two priorities: getting it right creatively, and getting as many people as possible to see it,” said Soderbergh. “HBO’s fearless approach to original programming and their unparalleled ability to pull in viewers make them the perfect fit for us. Apart from my hair growing back, I couldn’t be happier.”
HBO Films prez Len Amato predicts that Candelabra — which begins production next summer — is “going to surprise a lot of people,” adding that the story is “funny, heartbreaking and… fascinating.”