So Much for a Comeback? Lindsay Lohan's Gotti Role Not a Sure Thing

Actress has not officially signed on to play the wife of John Gotti Jr., and is said to still be in talks with producers

By Claudia Rosenbaum, Marianne Garvey Aug 03, 2011 3:43 PMTags
Victoria Gotti, Lindsay LohanDan Herrick-KPA/; John Sciulli/Getty Images for Giuseppe Zanotti Design

Casting for this Gotti movie is harder to nail down than the man himself was.

Days after Joe Pesci apparently called it quits via a lawsuit on the upcoming Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father comes word that Lindsay Lohan is not yet locked in to her role.

Neither, it turns out, are Al Pacino and Kelly Preston.

So what's going on here? 

Well, we know what happened with Pesci. The actor was a no-go after he claimed Fiore Films, which is producing the movie, pulled a switcheroo on him and offered him a lesser role for less money after he packed on the pounds to play mob enforcer Angelo Ruggiero.

He's now suing for $3 million. Fiore CEO Mark Fiore says Pesci never had a written contract.

Now, Lohan, who has lobbied hard for the film, first for the plum role of John Gotti Sr.'s wife, Victoria Gotti, and then taking on the smaller part of John Gotti Jr.'s wife, Kim Gotti, has yet to ink a deal.

However, producers are still in talks with the actress, says Steve Honig, the rep for both Lohan and the film.

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

Likewise, producers say Preston will appear in the film, even though her contract has not been finalized.

The project has been troubled from the get-go. Aside from the distractions caused by Lohan's legal woes and the Pesci lawsuit, there was a major change at the helm as original director Nick Cassavetes was replaced by Barry Levinson.

So who does the film actually have on board?

Ben Foster, who starred in The Messenger and 3:10 to Yuma, has just been cast Gotti Jr., while John Travolta remains under contract to play the Teflon Don himself.