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Ben Foster Joins 'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father'

By Joshua L. Weinstein

Ben Foster, who played a hitman-in-training in "The Mechanic," has signed on to play a gangster in "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father."

He'll play John Gotti Jr., the production company said Tuesday.

The Fiore Films project reunites Foster with his "Liberty Heights" director, Barry Levinson.

The movie, which stars John Travolta, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston, has had some bumps lately. Joe Pesci is suing the producers for $3 million, claiming he gained 30 pounds to play the role of Angelo Ruggiero, only to have his role and salary cut.

It's also unclear whether Lindsay Lohan, who producer Marc Fiore said would be in the movie, actually will.

And executive producer Marty Ingels has been removed from the movie. Levinson replaced the original director, Nick Cassevetes.

Still, it's an interesting project with a strong cast -- and the first Gotti movie to have the cooperation of the late mobster's family.

In "3:10 to Yuma," Foster held his own opposite Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and in "Alpha Dog," he performed well with Bruce Willis and Justin Timberlake.

Fiore says the movie will begin shooting in New York in January.

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