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Bakula boards HBO’s Liberace pic

Thesp re-teams with Damon, Soderbergh for 'Behind the Candelabra'

Scott Bakula is set to reteam with his “The Informant!” co-star Matt Damon and director Steven Soderbergh for HBO Films’ Liberace story “Behind the Candelabra.”

Michael 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 and Debbie Reynolds recently signed on to co-star as Liberace’s long-time manager Seymour Heller and his mother, Frances Liberace, respectively.

Bakula is set to play Liberace’s friend Bob Black, the choreographer who introduced him to Thorson.

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

After debuting on HBO, “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.

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Bakula, who recently starred on TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age,” just wrapped the last episodes of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” Thesp also stars alongside Nikki Reed and Gina Rodriguez in Youssef Delara and Victor Teran’s psychological thriller “Snap.”

Bakula is repped by ICM Partners.

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