According to Variety, stage veteran Chazz Palminteri has joined the cast of "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father." Palminteri will portray mob boss Paul Castellano.
Chazz Palminteri starred on Broadway in A Bronx Tale the semi-autobiographical one-man show he first performed off-Broadway in 1989. The production, directed by Jerry Zaks and with music by John Gromada, began previews October 4, 2008 at the Walter Kerr Theatre and opened on October 25, running for 18 weeks. He is best known for his performances in The Usual Suspects, and his Academy Award nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in Bullets Over Broadway.
The film will be directed and rewritten by Academy AwardÂ®-winner Barry Levinson with additional writing by James Toback. This is the same team that made "Bugsy," which earned ten Academy AwardÂ® nominations.
Fiore Films acquired life rights from John Gotti, Jr., the son of the late mob boss John Gotti, to the story of his life with his father. The deal marks the first time a member of the Gotti family has entered into an agreement to tell their story for a major motion picture. Production is expected to begin in late fall, with a theatrical release in late 2012. The film will be shot in New York.
"Gotti" reveals the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself. Never before has there been such an inside look at the life of the Gotti family and their world of danger, betrayal and redemption.
John Gotti was head of the Gambino crime family, which in its time was the largest and most powerful crime organization in the country. Known as the "Dapper Don," John Gotti's flamboyant style and outspoken personality made him one of the most famous mobsters of the 20th century and he ruled the underworld until he died from cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence. In 1988, at the age of 24, Gotti, Jr. became a "made man," and was officially inducted into the Mafia, making him the heir-apparent to head the Gambino crime family.