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Lohan takes role in gangster movie

Published 21/04/2011 | 09:40

Lindsay Lohan is to star in a film about one of New York's fabled mafia families. Photo: Getty Images
Lindsay Lohan is to star in a film about one of New York's fabled mafia families. Photo: Getty Images

Lindsay Lohan is joining the big screen Gotti family as the wife of John Gotti Jr in a biopic of one of New York's most fabled mafia families.

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The Mean Girls star called her casting in Gotti: Three Generations a huge honour and said that the film is an opportunity to prove herself as an actress again.

"I'm really excited to be back on set and clear up all the misinterpretations about me and show this is what I love to do," LiLo said.

John Travolta has been cast to play John Gotti Sr, the mob family's patriarch who had a flair for style and a knack for avoiding convictions that earned him the name Teflon Don. Joe Pesci will play one of his deputies.

The younger Gotti has insisted he left the mob life in the 1990s, but has been unsuccessfully tried four times on racketeering charges. He sold the rights to his life story to Fiore Films, which is developing the film focusing on Junior Gotti's relationship with his father. It will be shot in New York and is set for a 2012 release.

LiLo made a surprise appearance at a press conference last week and was expected to be in the running to play the elder Gotti's daughter, Victoria. Discussions for playing that role ended, but the actress successfully lobbied to remain on the project.

"I think it's such an iconic story," LiLo said. "I think it's a great story to be told. I'm honoured to be working with John Travolta and Joe Pesci."

LiLo's role as Kim Gotti has parallels to her own life, she said.

"You don't get to see the heart behind the story and the real side of people," she said of most mob movies, which she said veer toward shoot-'em-up fare. "I can relate to that because I think that I've been portrayed in a certain light. I just want to do my best to show what their family really went through."

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