The world has been given its first real look at the upcoming star-studded film that recounts the love affair between gay pianist Liberace – the highest paid entertainer of his era – and his lover, Scott Thorson.

The trailer for Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson, has finally been released.

It reveals glimpses of the ups and downs of the dramatic relationship that began in 1976, lasted five years and ended in acrimony between the two men.

It highlights the camp, decadent and over the top Hollywood lifestyle that the flamboyant Liberace appeared to embrace.

The trailer also offers our first look at Debbie Reynolds as Liberace’s mother and Rob Lowe as a bizarre Michael-Jackson-looking plastic surgeon.

In 1982, Thorson filed a $113 million lawsuit against Liberace, who denied being gay until he died. They settled out of court in 1986.

He reconciled with Liberace just before the entertainer’s death in 1987 and went on to write a tell-all book Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace, on which the film is based.

Behind the Candelabra will be broadcast on the HBO network in the US on May 26.

Watch the trailer for the film below.

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