Bette Midler

Bette Midler has been cast opposite Al Pacino in HBO Films' upcoming movie about troubled music producer Phil Spector, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Midler has signed on to play Linda Kenney Baden, a defense lawyer who represented Spector during his first murder trial. Midler's role is key, as the film is said to focus on the relationship between Spector and Baden.

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This marks Midler's first TV acting gig since her short-lived sitcom Bette, which aired in the 2000-01 season. She's had a few movie roles since, most recently as the voice of Kitty Galore in 2010's Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.

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Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor was also cast as a defense attorney. David Mamet will direct the movie. Barry Levinson is set to executive-produce.