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GOTTI: IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER

Chaz Palminteri mobs up
Thesp joins 'Gotti' cast

By Dave McNary





Fiore Films has signed Chazz Palminteri to play the role of Mafia boss Paul Castellano in its feature film "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father" alongside Ben Foster, John Travolta, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston.

The indie producer made the announcement Wednesday. Barry Levinson is directing the biopic from a script he co-wrote with James Toback, with lensing to begin Jan. 3 in New York.

Palminteri wrote and starred in 1993's "A Bronx Tale," a semi-autobiographical account of his childhood in New York with Robert De Niro directing. Palminteri subsequently created a one-man show based on the film; other film credits include "Analyze This," "The Usual Suspects" and "Bullets Over Broadway."

"I have seen this film come together from the very start and am pleased to be able to work alongside such great talent to bring this story to the bigscreen," Palminteri said. "I have been a longtime admirer of Barry Levinson and am looking forward to working with him."

Fiore Films acquired life rights last year from John Gotti Jr., son of the late mob boss John Gotti. "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father" will focus on the relationship between a father -- who lived and died by the mob code -- and a son who chose to leave that world behind.

Castellano succeeded Carlo Gambino as head of the Gambino crime family. After Castellano's murder in 1985, John Gotti became its head.

Contact Dave McNary at dave.mcnary@variety.com



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