Oscar Winner to Replace Bette Midler in HBO’s Phil Spector Project (Actor Who’s Playing Spector Has One of His Own)

Jul 19, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An Oscar winner has been tapped to replace Bette Midler in HBO’s telefilm project about music producer Phil Spector, reports Deadline.com. The role will be taken over by Helen Mirren.

As previously reported, Midler pulled out of the biopic project because of a herniated disc, prompting a halt to production of the project.

Mirren will take on the role of Linda Kenney, who represented Spector during his first murder trial, the story notes. Mirren won the Academy Award in 2007 for "The Queen."

The project is written and directed by David Mamet, who is also executive producing with Barry Levinson and Al Pacino. Pacino, an Oscar winner for “Scent of a Woman” in 1993, is playing Spector.

Pacino also has two Emmys, both for HBO projects: “Angels in America” in 2004 and “You Don’t Know Jack” in 2010.

Filming on the project is slated to restart next week.

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