HBO Films has released its first trailer promoting the upcoming Al Pacino-starring biopic on imprisoned record producer Phil Spector.
In the clip, Pacino's Spector is shown in full flight, firing rounds into the ceiling of a studio, ranting in court and taking abuse from supporters of Lana Clarkson, who he was convicted of murdering in 2003. And throughout, Pacino parades a range of extraordinary Spector hairstyles.
Oscar-nominee David Mamet wrote and directed "Phil Spector," while Barry Levinson serves as executive producer. Pacino plays opposite Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren, who portrays Spector's attorney Linda Kenney Baden.
Spector’s self-proclaimed "wall of sound" recording technique transformed 1960s pop music, and placed the music man in the mix of many hits with the likes of the Beatles, the Ronettes and the Ramones. A reclusive character, Spector’s strange behavior is also well documented by some of those artists who’ve worked with him.
On a retrial, Spector was convicted in 2009 of the second-degree murder of Clarkson, a B-movie actress. He's now serving 19 years to life for murder in a California jail. Spector, now 73, won't be eligible for parole until he reaches 88.
"Phil Spector" will premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, March 24 at 9 pm. International release dates have yet to be confirmed.