The Usual Suspects' actor Chazz Palminteri cast in 'Gotti' film
by Olivia Allin
Chazz Palminteri has joined the cast of "Gotti: In The Shadow of my Father," as crime boss Paul Castellano, the "Usual Suspects" actor confirmed on Wednesday.
"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 big screen," Palminteri, 59, told WENN. "I have been a longtime admirer of [director] Barry Levinson and am looking forward to working with him."
The film, which also stars John Travolta, Al Pacino, Kelly Preston and Lindsay Lohan, is scheduled to begin pre-production in September and principal photography in January.
Travolta signed on for the role of mobster John Gotti Sr., the head of the Gambino crime family, in the project while "3:10 to Yuma" actor Ben Foster will portray his son, John Gotti Jr., according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Lindsay Lohan was originally in talks to play Gotti Sr.'s daughter Victoria, but was eventually given the role of Kim Gotti, the mob boss' daughter-in-law.
Fiore said agreements had been reached with most of the actors, including Travolta, Pacino and Preston.
In July, Joe Pesci filed a $3 million lawsuit against the filmmakers of the Gotti family biopic, "Gotti: In The Shadow of my Father," claiming Fiore Films rescinded his part after the actor gained 30 pounds for the role.
Pesci accused the company of using his name to gain interest in the movie, The actor was slated to play Angelo Ruggiero, a Gotti enforcer and childhood friend of crime boss John Gotti Sr. The 68-year-old actor was then offered a lesser role, with a $2 million salary cut.
Palminteri rose to fame after writing and starring in the 1993 movie "A Bronx Tale." He has also appeared in films like "Analyse This," "The Usual Suspects" and "Bullets Over Broadway," which earned the actor a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.