Al Pacino Will Join John Travolta in "Gotti: Three Generations" Movie
By Michael Gioia
Al Pacino, recently nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for his performance in The Merchant of Venice, has signed on to join John Travolta (Over Here!, Grease) in "Gotti: Three Generations," according to Variety.
Fiore Films has announced that Pacino will play Gotti associate Neil Dellacroce in a cast that also includes Travolta as John Gotti Sr. Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, will play his on-screen wife Victoria DiGiorgio, and the couple's daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta, will play their on-screen daughter, Angel Gotti. Joe Pesci is set to play Gotti deputy Angelo Ruggiero, and Lindsay Lohan will play Kim Gotti, the wife of John Gotti, Jr.
Barry Levinson will direct and write the upcoming project that is based on the true-life crime story of New York's Gotti family. James Toback will provide additional writing.
Production is expected to begin in New York in late fall, with a theatrical release in late 2012.
Pacino won the Tony Award in 1969 for his performance in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and again in 1977 for his performance in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. He was last seen on Broadway in The Merchant of Venice.
Pacino is an eight-time Oscar nominee and won in 1993 for "Scent of a Woman." He is also a two-time Emmy Award winner for his work in "You Don't Know Jack" and the HBO miniseries version of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America."