Al Pacino to play Phil Spector in HBO TV movie

Plus Bette Midler is being lined up for film based on murder trial

Al Pacino to play Phil Spector in HBO TV movie

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A film based on Phil Spector's murder trial is being made, with Al Pacino set to play the producer.

US network HBO have commissioned the TV movie, which will also see Bette Midler take up the role of Linda Baden, Spector's defence lawyer in his first murder trial over the killing of actress Lana Clarkson.

The film will explore Baden and Spector's relationship during the first court case, which was declared a mistrial in 2007 after jurors were deadlocked.

Spector was given a 19-years-to-life jail sentence in May 2009 for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003, after a second trial.

Arrested Development star Jeffrey Tambor has also joined the cast to play Bruce Cutler, another defence lawyer for the convicted producer, according to Variety magazine.

An appeal by Spector's lawyers against his murder conviction was rejected earlier this month. The lawyers had urged the court to throw out the original sentence on the grounds that it was prejudiced by testimony from five women who claimed to be victims of gun-related incidents with the producer in the past.

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