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Friday 15 December 2017

Midler 'pulls out of Spector film'

Bette Midler had been set to play lawyer Linda Kenney Baden
Bette Midler had been set to play lawyer Linda Kenney Baden

Bette Midler has reportedly had to drop out of the Phil Spector biopic for health reasons.

The Beaches star, who had been set to play lawyer Linda Kenney Baden, caused production on the film to be delayed after suffering from a "herniated disc" and had to pull out on "doctor's orders", said Deadline.

The film's writer and director David Mamet apparently later addressed the crew, saying they are looking at recasting the part, which was later confirmed by HBO.

Bette's character is the defence attorney who represented the famed music producer - played by Al Pacino - during his first trial for murder.

The as-yet-untitled film is set to chronicle the relationship between Spector and Linda during the 2007 trial for the murder of actress-model Lana Clarkson.

Jeffrey Tambor has been cast as Bruce Cutler, another member of the defence team, in the film, expected for a release in 2012.

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