Gotti film casts John Jr. but Lohan role in doubt

Tue Aug 2, 2011 7:55pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Ben Foster has landed the lead role in the upcoming movie about crime boss John Gotti and his son, producers said on Tuesday.

But Lindsay Lohan's role in "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father" appeared to be in doubt after producers said she had not officially signed onto the movie and they were still in talks with her.

Foster, 29, best known for roles in "The Messenger" and 3:10 to Yuma", will play John Gotti Jr. opposite John Travolta, who has already been cast as the late head of New York's powerful Gambino family, John Gotti.

Lohan's casting as Kim Gotti, the wife of John Gotti Jr, was announced in May. But Steve Honig, a spokesman for both Fiore Films and Lohan said on Tuesday that "the producers of the film and Lindsay's representation have not yet worked out an agreement for her to appear in the movie. At this point, we cannot provide a definitive answer either way.

"Fiore is still very much in talks with Lindsay Lohan to play the role of Kim Gotti," Honig added.

Lohan, 25, whose career has been derailed by repeated trips to jail and rehab since 2007, has not had a movie role since the low-budget 2010 release "Machete." The Gotti film, because of its high profile and Lohan's ongoing recovery, was thought to be a positive step in her return to Hollywood's A-list.

Producers declined to comment on the apparent stumbling block. But it follows a change of director from Nick Cassavetes to Barry Levinson, and a lawsuit brought by actor Joe Pesci last week who claimed his part had been changed and his pay cut.

Lohan's legal woes -- she remains on probation for a January jewelry theft and has still to complete community service -- are not thought to be an issue.

Pesci's role is also undetermined following his lawsuit, which producers Fiore Films have said has "no merit". Pre-production on "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father" starts in September and shooting is due to start in January.   Continued...