Gotti biopic will feature John Travolta -- and possibly Lindsay Lohan
By AMBER SUTHERLAND
The Gotti's have welcomed a new member to the family: John Travolta.
A movie profiling the family of notorious mob boss John Gotti officially got off the ground today after the film's executive producer announced a star-studded cast, including Travolta, "Goodfellas" actor Joe Pesci -- and maybe even Lindsay Lohan.
The details of the much-hyped flick -- which will be called "Gotti: Three Generations" -- were unveiled at a news conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Times Square, with Travolta confirming that he would be playing the Gotti family patriarch.
Victoria Gotti , JohnTravolta, John Gotti Jr. and Lindsay Lohan at today's announcment.
"This is probably the most interesting untold story in this country," Travolta said.
Director Nick Cassavetes and Fiore Films CEO and the film's executive producer Marc Fiore also said veteran actor Joe Pesci -- no stranger to mob movies -- will play Gotti's close friend Angelo Ruggiero.
"I'm really happy to be making this picture with my good friend Nick Cassavetes," Pesci, who was not at the event, said in a statement. "It's going to be a great experience and a rare opportunity to look inside the life of Gotti."
Actor-writer Leo Rossi, famous for "Analyze This," wrote the screenplay for the film.
Shooting on the movie is planned to begin in October, Fiore said.
A release date was not announced.
In the crowd was Lohan, who sat alongside Victoria Gotti and the entire Gotti family, even though she has not signed on to be in the movie.
Lohan is in talks to play Gotti's daughter Victoria.
Asked whether LiLo was going to be in the movie, Fiore said: "Nothing has been finalized, but we're definitely in talks."
Victoria Gotti said she is not casting the movie, but would like to see Lohan play her.
"She has my support," said Gotti.
Fiore also said he is in talks with a person -- who was not named -- to play John "Junior" Gotti.
He said to have a deal in place "within a week or two."
John Gotti, known as the Teflon Don, died while behind bars in 2002, where he was serving a life sentence for murder, racketeering and extortion.
His son, John "Junior" Gotti, eluded conviction in four racketeering trials between 2004 and 2009 with the defense that he had quit mob life.