NBC and Tribeca Prods. have cast Nick Turturro and Tom Sizemore to star in the “Sammy the Bull” miniser-ies. Sources say the web is also in talks with actress Debi Mazar.
Turturro, a regular on ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” will play mob hitman-turned-FBI informant Sammy the Bull, who helped send mobster John Gotti to jail.
The miniseries is slated to air in May, and Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal are executive producing.
Sizemore, who is starring opposite Tom Hanks in the upcoming Steven Spielberg feature “Saving Private Ryan,” will play Gotti. Sizemore has also starred in “Relic,” “Heat” and “Strange Days.”
Mazar, who recently appeared with Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn in “She’s So Lovely,” is being eyed to play Devra, the wife of Sammy. Her other credits include “Girl 6,” “Batman Forever” and NBC’s drama “LA Law.” All three actors are repped by UTA.
In other TV casting news, Donny Wahlberg, brother of actor Mark Wahlberg and former member of the pop group New Kids on the Block, has been cast in ABC’s remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123.” He’ll play a terrorist, starring opposite Edward James Olmos and Vincent D’Onofrio in the made-for produced by MGM/Trilogy.
Wahlberg recently appeared as a kidnapper in the feature “Ransom,” and he’s repped by manager Jamie Gold and agent Cynthia Land.
Separately, Peter Gallagher, Mimi Rogers and Bridgette Wilson have been cast in the ABC miniseries “The Host.”
Wilson stars as a young research assistant turned into a computer-generated life form. She recently appeared in the feature “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Gallagher (“While You Were Sleeping,” “sex, lies, and videotape”) plays a doctor, and Rogers (“Austin Powers”) plays his wife.