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Chazz Palminteri to play Paul Castellano in Gotti movie

Chazz Palminteri

Story by Jack Foley

CHAZZ Palminteri is to play the role of Mafia boss Paul Castellano in Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father.

The news was announced by independent production company Fiore Films together with a statement from Palminteri, which read: “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.

“I have been a longtime admirer of [director] Barry Levinson and am looking forward to working with him.”

Gotti will begin pre-production in September and start principal photography on-location in New York on January 3.

Academy Award®-winning director Barry Levinson and Academy Award®-nominated writer James Toback, the same team that made Bugsy, are completing a revised version of the original screenplay.

Levinson is set to direct the all-star cast that also includes John Travolta, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston.

Palminteri is best known for writing and starring in A Bronx Tale, which was a semi-autobiographical account of his childhood in New York.

He has also co-starred in films such as Analyze This, The Usual Suspects and Bullets Over Broadway, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. ®

Paul Castellano succeeded Carlo Gambino as head of the Gambino crime family. After his much-publicized murder in 1985, John Gotti became head of the notorious crime family.

Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father reveals the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself.

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