Hollywoodnews.com: Barry Levinsonâ€™s John Gotti picture, â€śGotti: In the Shadow of My Father,â€ť has, at times, waffled between a legitimate entry into the realm of cinematic gangster pictures and a forgettable made-for-TV movie of the week. Some casting decisions added credibility, while other rumors (hello, Lindsay Lohan) threatened to torpedo the whole endeavor.
But while Joe Pesci might disagree, Iâ€™d say the latest hire helps put the film over the top in terms of needing to see what Levinson has cooked up. THR reports that â€śGottiâ€ť has added volatile actor Ben Foster to the ensemble in the role of John Gotti Jr., an outstanding decision that should only bolster the filmâ€™s collective performances.
Foster joins John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Al Pacino in a film that the trade says â€śdelves into [the sonâ€™s] relationship with his father, John Gotti Sr., the head of the Gambino crime family.â€ť Travolta plays Gotti Sr.
All indications are that the â€śGottiâ€ť film, while still an independent feature, is righting its ship after wild casting rumors, the departure of original director Nick Cassavetes, and an on-going lawsuit filed by Pesci.
Fosterâ€™s an excellent actor who brings immediate heat to the production. Levinson reportedly begins shooting his film in January.