Is LiLo's career saved? Victoria Gotti 'hand picks' Lohan to play her in John Travolta's mob film
By Andrea Magrath
Just when it looked like her career as a working actress was distant memory, Lindsay Lohan's fortunes have taken a drastic turn.
The 24-year-old is in 'final talks' to play mobster John Gotti's daughter in the $75 million biopic starring John Travolta.
According to reports today, Victoria Gotti 'hand picked' Lindsay to play the role, insisting that producers hire her over other contenders Sienna Miller and Blake Lively.
Victoria Gotti, 48, is a close family friend of the Lohans, TMZ report, and is a frequent visitor at their Long Island home, where she is also a resident.
The celebrity website claim that Miss Gotti demanded that the Mean Girls star won the role, and the film makers 'loved the idea.'
In January Mail Online reported on John Travolta dining with members of the notorious crime family to seek their approval to play infamous mobster boss John Gotti.
The actor was snapped having a meal with John Angelo Gotti, himself a former mobster, but also the son of one of New York's most feared - and sometimes revered - crime boss, the late John Gotti.
They dined with a group of Junior Gotti's friends and family as well as the biopic's director Nick Cassavetes and executive producer Marc Fiore.
Sylvester Stallone had previously wined and dined the family to pitch himself to play the role, but Travolta has now been confirmed for the biopic, to be named Gotti: Three Generations.
Lindsay flew into Los Angeles yesterday after an extended stay in New York.
She is said to have been auditioning for a role in the upcoming Superman film, starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, which will start filming in Vancouver this summer.
Gotti: Three Generations is still in the early stages of production and will not be released until 2013.
TMZ report that Lindsay is expected to return to New York next week to sign her deal for the film.
It will tell the tale of three generations of the Gambino crime family, who John Gotti headed after the murder of the previous boss, Paul Castellano.
127 Hours star James Franco is also reportedly in talks to do the film playing the role of Junior Gotti - who authorities believed took over as the head of the family duing his father's incarceration.
Fiore said: 'It's going to be the new Godfather. It's a story about a father and a son, but the father happens to be John Gotti Sr.'
Fiore has said previously that the entire family has signed exclusives to be consultants on the film - which Fiore hopes to begin filming in summer 2011 - including Junior Gotti Jr who worked on the script.
Gotti was known as both 'The Dapper Don' for his taste in expensive clothes and flamboyant outspoken style and 'The Teflon Don' for his ability to evade arrest.
In 1992 he was eventually convicted of 13 murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, extortion, tax evasion, and loansharking and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
He died from throat cancer in June 2002 at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.