The “A Bronx Tale” star will play Mafia boss Paul Castellano in Barry Levinson’s movie
Chazz Palminteri has joined the John Gotti biopic that begins shooting in New York in January.
Producer Marc Fiore said Palminteri will star as Mafia don Paul Castellano, the one-time head of the Gambino crime family.
"Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father" also stars John Travolta, Al Pacino, Kelly Preston and Ben Foster and is being directed by Barry Levinson.
The project has encountered a series of bumps. Initially, Nick Cassavetes was to direct, but he pulled out in April due to a scheduling conflict. Barry Levinson stepped in to replace him.
Along the way, Lindsay Lohan was to star. Fiore announced he had signed her to a two-picture deal, though she's apparently not in the movie. Joe Pesci also was attached, but now is suing Fiore, saying he gained 30 pounds for one role — and then was offered another.
One-time executive producer Marty Ingels was forced out of the project.
But it's going forward.
The movie begins preproduction in September and starts principal photography on Jan. 3.