Kelly Preston cast as wife to John Travolta's 'Gotti'
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Looks as if it's going to be bring your family to work day every day on the set of "Gotti: Three Generations," now that Kelly Preston has been cast to play the wife of John Travolta's character in the crime-family biopic. Hey, even daughter Ella Bleu is getting in on the action.
"The love and passion between John and Kelly ... will bring a huge benefit to John Sr. and his wife, and to tell you the truth, they have a lot in common. They both lost a child at a young age and they understand what the Gottis went through when the Gottis lost their child," producer Marc Fiore told People.
"She's a terrific actress, and she can really do the role justice," production company spokesman Steve Honig said.
(Plus, in keeping with the subject matter, she brings with her at least a little firearms experience. Preston is the woman Charlie Sheen now says he did not shoot in 1990. His onetime fiancee got herself shot, the unemployed sitcom star told a Vancouver audience Monday, when she picked up a pair of his pants off the bathroom scale and -- whoops! -- a revolver he'd left in the back pocket fell out and discharged. Hey, it happens.)
Travolta will play mob boss Gotti Sr. and Preston will play his wife, Victoria DiGiorgio. Lindsay Lohan was rumored to play Victoria Gotti, the daughter Gotti Sr. and DiGiorgio's (Yes, there are two Johns and two Victorias in the family). Lohan, who was temporarily dropped from the film, will instead play their daughter-in-law Kim Gotti, wife of Gotti Jr. Honig said it was "a larger role in the film" than the Victoria Gotti role. Joe Pesci is slated to play Gotti Sr.'s friend Angelo Ruggiero.
The real-life married couple's 11-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu, will also appear in the film as their characters' on-screen daughter, Angel Gotti. The biopic chronicles the relationship between the late mobster and his son John Gotti Jr., who eventually renounced the ways of the New York-based Gambino crime family.
Gotti Jr. sold the rights to his family's story in 2002, and he and Gotti family members appeared at the "Gotti: Three Generations" news conference in April posing for photos with potential cast members. Click the pics for photos from the presser.
The film is still without a director since Nick Cassavetes dropped out last month because of a scheduling conflict.
[For the record, 9:50 a.m. May 5: This post initially said Kelly Preston would play Victoria Gotti, a role Lindsay Lohan had been considered for. Preston will play Victoria DiGiorgio, the wife of John Gotti Sr. Lohan had been considered for the role of Victoria Gotti, the couple's daughter who shares the same name as her mother.]
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Photos: Top, John Travolta, left, John Gotti Jr., center, and Kelly Preston. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images. Right photo: Victoria Gotti, John Travolta, John Gotti Jr. and Lindsay Lohan at the "Gotti: Three Generations" news conference April 12 in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press.