If all had gone to plan, we’d already have had Gotti in cinemas by now, but endless delays over script and casting caused the whole thing to crash, before it was picked up again a few weeks ago by director Joe Johnston. Now he’s driving is forward, with Variety reporting that he’s signed Anthony Hopkins for an unspecified role in the biopic.
John Travolta is still set to star as Gambino family crime boss John Gotti, with Kelly Preston portraying the teflon don’s wife, Victoria Gotti. The story follows Gotti and his son, who wants to leave the family business to start fresh on his own. Lindsay Lohan and Ben Foster were previously attached to star, but it doesn’t seem like they’re involved anymore.
Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs wrote the screenplay, based on an original idea by John Gotti Jr.. Shooting is scheduled to begin in New York this September.