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Ben Foster to play John Gotti Jr

Ben Foster has signed up to star opposite John Travolta and Al Pacino as mob boss's son John Gotti Jr in the film about the Mafia family.

The surprise announcement comes after Dominic Cooper, James Franco, Johnny Depp and Jeremy Renner were all tipped for the pivotal role.

Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father is the story of Gotti Jr, who decided to walk away from the mob world, and his life with his notorious father.

Director Barry Levinson gave Six Feet Under star Ben one of his first movie roles, casting him in Liberty Heights.

Ben, whose films also include The Mechanic, Alpha Dog, 3:10 To Yuma and X-Men: The Last Stand, said: "Barry Levinson was the first director who took a chance on me, and I have a career because of him."

"This is a film about family, fathers and sons. I am deeply honoured for the opportunity to work with Barry and the amazing cast he is assembling to help bring the story of the Gotti family to the screen."

John Travolta plays infamous mafia don John Gotti Sr, while the cast also includes Kelly Preston and is set to feature Lindsay Lohan.

It was recently reported that Joe Pesci is suing the makers of the movie, accusing producers of reneging on a contract after he put on 30 pounds to play the crime boss's right-hand man.

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