Ben Foster Cast as John Gotti Jr. Opposite John Travolta and Al Pacino in Gotti Biopic
Big news on the Gotti front of the non-legal variety: Fiore Films has just announced that Ben Foster has signed on to star in Barry Levinsonâ€‹â€™s star-studded crime family biopic, Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father as John Gottiâ€‹ Jr. opposite John Travoltaâ€‹ and Al Pacinoâ€‹. The project will be a reunion for Levinson and Foster, who worked together on the 1999 period drama Liberty Heightsâ€‹.
Foster joins Travolta (playing John Gotti, Sr.), Kelly Preston (playing Victoria Gotti) and Pacino (as Neil Dellacroceâ€‹â€‹, a Gambino crime family underboss who mentors the senior Gotti) in the film, and seems positively thrilled about the development:
Â â€śBarry Levinson was the first director who took a chance on me, and I have a career because of him. [â€¦] This is a film about family, fathers and sons. I am deeply honored for the opportunity to work with Barry and the amazing cast he is assembling to help bring the story of the Gotti family to the screen.â€ť
Barry Levinson replaced Nick Cassavetesâ€‹ as director of the film in May and is re-writing the script with his Bugsy co-writer James Tobackâ€‹. Pre-production on the film will start in September before principal photography begins in early January.