Vulture

Skip to content, or skip to search.

tv

Helen Mirren Subs in for Bette Midler in HBO’s Phil Spector Movie

Helen Mirren.

When Bette Midler dropped out of HBO's Phil Spector movie last week, citing "doctor's orders," the network suspended production and director David Mamet scrambled to find a replacement. Lucky him: Helen Mirren is stepping in to take over the role of Spector's defense attorney, Linda Kenney Baden, where she'll star opposite Al Pacino as Spector. (We hope that next time, HBO will know that they can always reach out to Lady Gaga to take over for Bette Midler.) [Deadline]

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images