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‘Behind the Candelabra': First Trailer for Soderbergh’s Liberace Film (Video)

The HBO movie stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson

HBO has premiered the first trailer for "Behind the Candelabra: The Secret Life of Liberace," Steven Soderbergh's final film before what he calls his retirement.

The drama — which Soderbergh said studios thought was "too gay" for a theatrical release — stars Michael Douglas as the world-renowned pianist Liberace, with Matt Damon playing his lover, Scott Thorson.

Also read: Steven Soderbergh: Every Studio Rejected Liberace Film as 'Too Gay'

Written by Richard LaGravenese, the film follows the flamboyant musician's five-year relationship with Thorson, which ended with the latter filing a massive palimony lawsuit against Liberace.

The teaser does not reveal any footage from the upcoming biopic, but it does suggest a certain tone as ivory piano keys fall behind sparkling titles, leading up to the May 26 premiere date. 

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