Lindsay Lohan has signed to portray Kim Gotti opposite John Travolta in Fiore Films’ drama “Gotti: Three Generations.”
Fiore Films announced the signing Wednesday as part of a two-picture deal with Lohan. The company also said Lohan has agreed to act in its upcoming production of “Mob Street,” based on a screenplay by Chazz Palminteri.
Travolta appeared at an April 12 news conference to announe he would star in the role of John Gotti Sr. Joe Pesci will co-star as Gotti deputy Angelo Ruggiero and Ella Bleu Travolta will have a featured role.
Fiore Films acquired life rights last year from John Gotti Jr., the son of the late mob boss John Gotti, to the story of his life with his father. Producers have noted that 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 the fall, with a theatrical release in late 2012. The film will be shot in New York.
“We’re very pleased to have Lindsay on-board for both of these films,” said Marc Fiore, producer of “Gotti” and CEO of Fiore Films, LLC. “She has been very enthusiastic about the Gotti project, and after resuming discussions with her, we were impressed by her commitment to the film and felt she would be a perfect Kim Gotti.”
Actor-writer Leo Rossi (“Analyze This”) wrote the screenplay, which centers on the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who chose to leave that world behind.
On Monday, Fiore announced that Nick Cassavetes had ankled the director’s chair on “Gotti: Three Generations” and had been released from his contract due to scheduling conflicts with Cassavetes’ commitment to the indie drama “Yellow.”
Producers are seeking a new director and remain on track to begin production in the fall.
ICM remains worldwide sales agent for the film.
The elder Gotti was the flamboyant head of the Gambino crime family who spent the last decade of his life in prison.
Kim Gotti is the wife of John Gotti Jr.