Break out the rhinestones and butterfly collars, the story of famously flamboyant showman Liberace is set to return to the small screen once again in HBO's upcoming biopic "Behind the Candelabra."
The first pics from the set of Steven Soderbergh's production have surfaced showing the "Bourne Identity" star transformed into a polyester suit wearing sexpot sporting long wavy blonde locks. This isn't the first time the "True Grit" star changed up his appearance for a role. He dropped a whopping 40 pounds to play a heroin addict in "Courage Under Fire" and packed on the pounds to play a pudgy corporate whistleblower in "The Informant!"
In the new flick, the 41-year-old actor will play Liberace's bodyguard and younger lover Scott Thorson opposite a curly brown-haired Michael Douglas as the celebrated pianist.
However, the "Invictus" and "Wall Street" stars are not the only Hollywood A-listers donning threads from the past. This awards season will be a veritable costume party chock full of high-profile period pieces including Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe; the extravagant and lavish Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel "The Great Gatsby" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan; Tom Hooper's look at 19th century France in "Les Miserables" starring Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Hugh Jackman; and Tom Stoppard and Joe Wright's vision of 19th century Russian high society in the adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina."
Next year, the popularity of the period piece will continue with Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- a look at the 1960s folk scene in New York City. This spring, Carey Mulligan traded in her iconic blonde pixie cut for longer brown locks . She'll sing alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake, "Amadeus" star F. Murray Abraham, and Coen regular John Goodman.
Ryan Gosling fans are going to have to wait a bit longer to see the "Drive" star in a West Coast version of HBO's hit series "Boardwalk Empire." Warner Bros. announced they were completely reshooting large chunks of their upcoming film "Gangster Squad" which looks at the bloody battles between the Los Angeles police and East Coast mobsters in the early 1940s. The entire final sequence for the film reportedly involved a lengthy shootout in a movie theater. Following the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colorado, the studio decided it was best to reassemble the cast and crew which also includes Sean Penn and Emma Stone for an alternative ending.
And "Hunger Games" actress Jennifer Lawrence will return to the mountains of the South where she last snagged an Academy Award nomination for her role in 2010's "Winter's Bone." This time around 'Katniss' will be fairly well-to-do, playing Bradley Cooper's newlywed in the adaptation of Ron Rash's novel "Serena." Set in early Depression-era North Carolina, Serena proves to be much more than just a regular timber baron housewife while festooned in the furs of the flapper-era.
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