Open casting call for Michael Douglas HBO film 'Behind the Candelabra'

Liberace Open Casting Call Palm Springs

Filming on 'Behind the Candelabra' will begin July 17 in Los Angeles.
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The HBO biopic film "Behind the Candelabra", starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, is set to begin principal photography in Southern California. There is an open casting call scheduled for people interested in working as paid background performers on the project. The movie tells a true story about the turbulent relationship between Scott Thorson, a handsome young man raised in foster homes, and the glittery Lee Liberace.

The impressive cast stars two-time Academy Award winner Michael Douglas as Lee Liberace; Academy Award winner Matt Damon as Liberace's personal friend, companion, and lover Scott Thorson; Academy Award nominee Dan Aykroyd plays Seymour Heller, Liberace's long-time manager who disapproved of his relationship with Thorson; four-time Golden Globe Award nominee Rob Lowe plays the Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who was hired by Liberace to remake Thorson's face in Liberace's image; Boyd Holbrook will play one of Liberace's young lovers; Academy Award nominee Debbie Reynolds will play Liberace's mother, Frances; Pat Asanti will play the pianist's brother, George Liberace.

Academy Award winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will direct "Behind the Candelabra" from an adapted screenplay written by Academy Award nominated writer Richard LaGravenese. The script is based on Scott Thorson's book "Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace". Soderbergh has announced that this will be his last feature film project, and he aims on refocusing his career on television.

Gregory Jacobs will executive produce "Behind the Candelabra". Jacobs previously executive produced Solaris and produced Full Frontal for Steven Soderbergh. They began their association in 1992 when Jacobs was first assistant director on King of the Hill. Since that time he has collaborated with the director on nine additional films. Jerry Weintraub will produce along with Soderbergh. Weintraub is the former chairman and CEO of United Artists.

Open Casting Call Details

The extras casting director for the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra" is holding an open casting call in Palm Springs, CA for local area men and women 18 and older of all shapes, sizes, types, and any ethnicity to work as fully paid background actors.


Palm Springs Convention Center
277 N Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs CA 92262
Click Here for directions.


Sunday July 15, 2012
11:00am - 3:00pm


Monday July 16, 2012
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Bring a pen and a recent color snapshot of yourself.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.

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Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Wittney Horton
Carmen Cuba Casting
9601 Wilshire Blvd.
3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Extras Casting

Los Angeles:

Rich King Casting
Cross Roads Of The World
6671 W. Sunset Blvd.
Suite 1597
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Behind The Candelabra
Production Office
846 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Building A, Suite 214
Hollywood, CA 90038

HBO Films
2500 Broadway
Suite 400
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Gregory Jacobs
Jerry Weintraub
Steven Soderbergh


Steven Soderbergh


Michael Douglas - Liberace
Matt Damon - Scott Thorson
Dan Aykroyd - Seymour Heller
Debbie Reynolds - Frances Liberace
Rob Lowe - Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
Cheyenne Jackson - Jerry O'Rourke
Boyd Holbrook - Liberace Lover
Scott Bakula - Bob Black
Nicky Katt - Mr. Y
Tom Papa - Ray Arnett
Pat Asanti - George Liberace
Paul Reiser - Attorney David Schmerin
Nikea Gamby-Turner - Dorothy


This is the true story of the tumultuous relationship between Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), a handsome young man raised in foster homes, and the dazzling Lee Liberace (Michael Douglas), the powerhouse performer adored by millions for his over-the-top flamboyance and virtuoso piano playing. Liberace showers Scott with gifts during their five year affair but soon tires of his increasingly drug-addicted paramour. But despite his glittery persona, Liberace fiercely denies that he is now or has ever been a homosexual, and when Scott sues him for palimony, Liberace is ready to defend his "straight" reputation right down the line.