Reynolds goes ‘Behind the Candelabra’

To play Liberace's mother in Soderbergh's HBO pic

Debbie Reynolds is set to join Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s HBO Films’ Liberace story “Behind the Candelabra.”

Douglas stars as the famed performer, while Damon plays his live-in lover, Scott Thorson, whose memoir “My Life With Liberace” serves as the basis for the project. Dan Aykroyd recently signed on to co-star as Liberace’s long-time manager Seymour Heller.

Reynolds will play Frances Liberace, the singer’s imposing but frail mother.

Richard LaGravenese wrote the script. Gregory Jacobs and Susan Ekins will produce, while Jerry Weintraub will exec produce.

Project was initially developed as a feature at Warner Bros. but when it couldn’t get any traction, the filmmakers went to HBO. After debuting on the pay cabler, “Candelabra” will get a theatrical release outside the U.S. and Canada. Plan is for HBO Enterprises to sell the pic to independent distributors. Production is set to begin this summer.

Reynolds starred in the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain” and recently appeared alongside Katherine Heigl in “One For the Money.”

She’s repped by MTA and The Suchin Company.

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