HBO releases trailer for Liberace flick filmed in Palm Springs

HBO has released its first trailer for “Behind the Candelabra” — the bio-pic about Liberace that was shot, in part, in Palm Springs last year.

“Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the movie is based on Thorson’s autobiography, Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, which was published in 1988, a year after Liberace’s death,” according to Vanity Fair.

Nearly 900,000 people have watched the trailer in the last 72 hours.

The movie stars Michael Douglas as the flamboyant piano man and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson.

Hundreds of Liberace fans and wannabe actors lined up at the Palm Springs Convention Center in July 2012 for a chance to be an extra in the flick.

It was slated to be shot in Palm Springs in late August 2012. Liberace had two homes in Palm Springs.

About 100 extras were needed to play fans, medical personnel and likely other parts, casting director Rich King told The Desert Sun at the time.

Douglas’ father, actor and author Kirk Douglas, had a home in Palm Springs for years and his brother Joel lives only a few blocks from Liberace’s home near Alejo Road.

Palm Springs movie: Sean Patrick Flanery continues filming ‘Hidden Away’

Filming outside Azul in downtown Palm Springs on Tuesday, Feb. 6. (Photo by Kate McGinty, The Desert Sun)

A Hollywood film crew continued its takeover of Palm Springs — and social media — on Wednesday.

The crew planned to shoot at the popular restaurant Azul from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The film plan includes transforming the outside patio into a coffee shop, as well as scenes shot inside. It shot at the Palm Springs Art Museum on Monday.

Actor Sean Patrick Flanery tweeted this photo at the Forever Marilyn statue in Palm Springs. (Photo from @seanflanery via

The movie stars Sean Patrick Flanery — a lead actor in the 1999 action flick “The Boondock Saints,” also known for his roles in “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” “Dexter” and “The Young and the Restless” — who tweeted a photo of himself with the “Forever Marilyn” statue.

It also stars Emmanuelle Vaugier, who has had recurring roles on “CSI: NY” and “Two and a Half Men.”

She posted a photo to Facebook of herself Sunday in front of the The Saguaro in Palm Springs.

Actress Emmanuelle Vaugier outside the Saguara in Palm Springs. Photo from @evaugier, via Twitter.

She tweeted a second photo Tuesday at the Saguaro pool, with what looks like a film crew behind her.

The thriller, called “Hidden Away,” follows a woman who escapes an abusive husband and starts a new life in Palm Springs, but is found and terrorized by the husband years later.

Also in the cast:

  • Ivan Sergei: The Mentalist, Army Wives
  • Thomas Calabro: Glee, Melrose Place, Nip Tuck
  • Elisabeth Rohm: Law & Order, Angel, Lifetime’s The Client List