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Bette Midler joins HBO Films’ Spector project

In-development pic adds Tambor to Pacino-led cast, Mamet directing

Bette Midler has signed on for a lead role on HBO Films’ in-development Phil Spector film, which stars Al Pacino and is being written and directed by David Mamet.

Jeffrey Tambor has also joined the cast of the film, which will explore the relationship between music producer Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Midler), who represented Spector during his first trial for murder.

Tambor, returning to the network where he played Hank Kingsley on “The Larry Sanders Show,” will play Bruce Cutler, also an attorney on Spector’s defense team.

Mamet and Pacino are exec producing with Barry Levinson, who directed Pacino in 2010’s “You Don’t Know Jack,” which won two Emmys (including lead actor in a miniseries or movie for Pacino) and was nominated for 13 others.

Assuming the project gets a greenlight, this would be Midler’s most high-profile TV movie appearance since CBS’ “Gypsy” (1993), for which she was Emmy nominated.

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