Actor Matt Damon says the upcoming film based on the life of Liberace has been delayed until 2012.

Sixty-six-year-old Michael Douglas is preparing to play the flamboyant pianist opposite Damon, who'll play the part of Scott Thorson, Liberace's alleged lover.

Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh will direct the film based on a script by Richard LaGravenese, which is based on Thorson's book Behind the Candelabra (My Life With Liberace.)

The film was set to begin filming in May or June, but in a new interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Damon said filming won't start until sometime next year.

“This Liberace script is just wonderful,” the 40-year-old Damon told the paper.

“Michael is going to be just phenomenal in that part,” he added. “We're shooting that in 2012.”

Earlier, Damon joked that he and Douglas have been sexting each other in preparation for the role.

Already filming is the Clint Eastwood-directed J. Edgar, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer as his alleged lover.

Damon stars opposite Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau, which opens on March 4.