New ‘Phil Spector’ Trailer Teases Al Pacino’s Performance [Video]

A new 20-second trailer for the upcoming HBO movie Phil Spector has been released online. Unfortunately, Al Pacino fans still won’t get to see their favorite actor in action.

Although the clip teases Pacino’s performance by offering up some of his dialogue, the actor is pretty much absent from the trailer. HBO is probably keeping this close to its chest until the movie’s premiere date draws closer.

Written and directed by David Mamet, the film explores the relationship between the legendary record producer and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden during his first murder trial. Helen Mirren, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Arrested Development alum Jeffrey Tambor co-star in the Barry Levinson-produced feature.

According to Cinema Blend, HBO is set to debut Phil Spector on March 24 at 9 pm EST. A home video release will likely follow before the end of the year.

Before production on the biopic began, Al Pacino said he wasn’t interested in speaking with the iconic producer. Although Spector reportedly made himself available to the actor, Pacino refused the offer since he was more interested in portraying the man before he was sent to prison.

He explained to the New York Daily News:

“It would have been meeting a different person. Now he’s been convicted and he’s in prison. I play him before his first trial. The play’s the thing. I was looking for the truth of the drama.

Pacino said that all he knew about Spector prior to filming was that he made an “awful lot of great music.”

Co-star Helen Mirren’s husband reportedly worked for Phil Spector at one point during his career. According to, the actress gained quite a bit of knowledge about the producer from simply talking to her spouse.

She said:

“I’ve heard so many extraordinary stories about him. My husband actually worked for Phil Spector, so my husband had some incredible stories about him. You get the sense of someone who permanently lived in a dream.”

The 20-second trailer for the upcoming film lies below.

Do you consider yourself an Al Pacino fan? Are you looking forward to catching Phil Spector when the film debuts on HBO this March?

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