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Helen Mirren Replacing Bette Midler in HBO's Phil Spector Movie

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Jul 18, 2011 | 2:43pm EDT

ALTLess than a week after the news that Bette Midler was leaving HBO's upcoming Phil Spector biopic due to health reasons, the network has brought in a potential upgrade in Helen Mirren.

The Oscar winner will replace the Grammy/Emmy/Tony winner in the aptly titled Phil Spector, about the prolific record producer-turned-convicted murderer of the same name.

Mirren will play Linda Kenney, Spector's defense attorney during his first trial -- and her quick addition means the film will resume shooting in just a week.

The British Dame Commander was most recently seen alongside Russell Brand in April's Arthur remake.

Source: Deadline

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