Casting News: Midler, Olmos, Depp, Malco

Phil Spector
Bette Midler has been cast alongside Al Pacino in the HBO telemovie about jailed music producer Phil Spector.

Midler will play Linda Kenney Baden, Spector’s defence lawyer in his first trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

Jeffrey Tambor also stars as Bruce Cutler, another of Spector’s defence lawyers. [Source: BBC]

“Battlestar Galactica” star Edward James Olmos has signed on to the sixth season of Showtime’s “Dexter”. Olmos plays a “brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies.”

Shooting on the new season kicks off tomorrow for airing in the Fall. [Source: EW]

The Longest Cocktail Party
Liam Gallagher says he wants Johnny Depp to star in his forthcoming Beatles feature film as Derek Taylor, the band’s publicist.

The story is based on Richard DiLello’s book “The Longest Cocktail Party” which accounts his life with the band between 1968 and 1970. [Source: NME]

Think Like A Man
Romany Malco, Gary Owen, Jerry Ferrara and Gabrielle Union have filled out the cast of the comedy film adaptation of Kevin Hart’s “Think Like A Man”.

Hart plays a relationship expert who is quick to give advice even as his marriage is crashing. Shooting kicks off this Summer. [Source: Deadline]