Mirren replaces Midler

Helen Mirren is moving on from her Arthur co-star Russell Brand to work on a movie about another wild-maned man.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Wed 20 Jul 2011, 8:52 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:10 AM

The Elizabeth I star has been tapped to replace Bette Midler in HBO’s upcoming Phil Spector biopic, the actress’ publicist confirmed.

Midler was forced to bow out last week, after suffering a herniated disc. Mirren will assume the role of Linda Kenney Baden, one of Spector’s defense attorneys during his trial for the murder of actress/nightclub hostess Lana Clarkson.

Al Pacino plays the ill-fated record producer in the as-yet-untitled movie, which will co-star Arrested Development alum Jeffrey Tambor as defense attorney Bruce Cutler.

Aside from the injury-related recasting, the production ran into another potential hurdle last week, when friends of Clarkson’s threatened to organise a protest over the project. They’ve expressed fears regarding how writer/director David Mamet — who told members of the press that he doubted Spector’s guilt over the murder — would portray the circumstances of Clarkson’s death.

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