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JUN
15
2 YEARS

Cheyenne Jackson Talks New 'Behind the Candelabra' Role Alongside Matt Damon, Michael Douglas

The actor-singer joins HBO's Liberace biopic, also starring Rob Lowe and Scott Bakula.

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Cheyenne Jackson has joined the cast of HBO's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, he confirms to THR.

The actor and singer said he couldn't go into detail on the role, but officially landed the part on Wednesday.

"I'm not allowed to say who I'm (playing) but it's pretty exciting," Jackson said Thursday at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York.

Production for the TV movie starts at the end of July. Michael Douglas portrays Liberace, Matt Damon plays the late entertainer's longtime partner, Scott Thorson, and Steven Soderbergh directs.

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Earlier this week, Rob Lowe and Scott Bakula were announced as new cast members with Lowe (Parks and Recreation) in talks to play Liberace's plastic surgeon; Bakula (Men of a Certain Age) will play Bob Black, the choreographer who introduced the singer to Thorson.

Jackson, meanwhile, said he hopes to return for the final season of NBC's 30 Rock, where he has a recurring arc as a rival to Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski). The actor, who also appears on Glee and whose Broadway credits include Xanadu and All Shook Up returns to the Great White Way this fall in the play The Performers, a comedy about the porn industry.

His debut pop solo album, Drive, is slated for release next month.