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Director Steven Soderbergh is reportedly developing a biopic on flamboyant pianist Liberace. Michael Douglas has been slated to play the starring role, according to Variety.

Matt Damon is being considered for the role of Liberace's former partner, Scott Thorson, who sued the pianist for $113 million in palimony in 1982. The suit was settled in 1986 for $95,000.

Liberace died the following year at age 67 from an AIDS-related illness.

Liberace constantly denied rumors that he was gay, and even successfully sued the Daily Mirror newspaper in London in 1957, according to The Guardian. Mirror columnist Cassandra described him as "the summit of sex -- the pinnacle of masculine, feminine, and neuter. Everything that he, she, and it can ever want ... a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love."

Richard LaGravanese is slated to write the script, and Jerry Weintraub will produce. (The Advocate)

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