Al Pacino couldn’t refuse 'Gotti' offer
Thursday 12 May 2011
The actor nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the mobster Michael Corleone in the iconic
Godfather films, Al Pacino, also known for
Scarface, has joined the cast of
Gotti: Three Generations, a Mafia biopic bout the Gambino crime family.
Pacino will portray the crime family's underboss, Neil Dellacroce. The cast also stars John Travolta as John Gotti and Kelly Preston ( Jerry Maguire), Travolta's wife, who will play his cinematic spouse.
Based on John Gotti Jr.'s accounts, the story focuses on the father-and-son relationship in this New York City crime syndicate. The "Dapper Don's" son, called "Teflon Junior," who, like his father, spent time in prison for racketeering, then chose to leave his family business.
It also co-stars Joe Pesci ( Lethal Weapon films, Home Alone, Casino) who will play a Gotti lieutenant, and Lindsay Lohan has signed on to portray John Gotti Jr.'s wife.
Barry Levinson ( Wag the Dog, Rain Man) will direct, taking over for Nick Cassavetes who was originally slated to helm the film. James Toback who worked with Levinson on Bugsy is rewriting the script.
Production will begin in New York this fall with plans to hit theaters in 2012.
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