Out star would join cast that includes Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Rob Lowe
Cheyenne Jackson, the openly gay actor who has conquered Broadway (Finian’s Rainbow, Damn Yankees, Xanadu), television (30 Rock, Glee) and recording (The Power of Two, Drive), is in talks to join the cast of a biopic about the late Liberace which is scheduled to begin shooting this summer.
It’s not yet known what role Jackson would play in the film, titled Behind the Candelabra, but he would join a high-profile cast that includes Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson, according to The Playlist.
Also in the cast is Rob Lowe who plays a plastic surgeon and is negotiations to play another one of Liberace’s young lovers is Boyd Holbrook who recently appeared in the hit miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.
The film is being directed by Oscar winner Stephen Soderbergh.
Jackson has been steadily working in movie roles between his stage and television gigs for several years now. He played gay 9-11 hero Mark Bingham in the film United 93 and in The Green, he played the partner of a gay man wrongly accused of being involved with one of his high school students.
His latest film, Lola Versus, was released last week. Jackson plays the boyfriend of the lead character played by Greta Gerwig.