Casting: Ben Foster as John Gotti Jr, Chris Evans for 'Motor City' and Diablo Cody Wants Russell Brand

Casting: Ben Foster as John Gotti Jr, Chris Evans for 'Motor City' and Diablo Cody Wants Russell Brand

Aug 03, 2011

It's hard to believe that Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father will survive its pre-production woes – including a heavier and angrier Joe Pesci who gained weight for a particular role, only to have the old switcheroo pulled on him in exchange for a smaller part and paycheck. Variety is reporting, however, that The Mechanic's Ben Foster has signed on to play John Gotti Jr., perhaps reassuring that this film won't be an absolute mess. James Franco and Dominic Cooper were rumored for the part of the infamous mobster's son, but Foster cinched the deal to play the man who left his father's shadowy world of wise guys behind for a life on the straight and narrow. Foster will star alongside John Travolta as Gotti Sr., Al Pacino, and Kelly Preston. Director Barry Levinson – who also co-wrote the script – gave Foster one of his earliest breaks in Liberty Heights. Gotti will hopefully be on steady enough ground to start production in January 2012. [Variety]

Earlier this year, The Book of Eli director Albert Hughes ditched the live-action adaptation of the much-loved manga, Akira (can't say we blame him). He's ready for his next project, which sounds a lot less controversial, but still has an interesting twist of its own. Twitch is reporting that black-list writer Chad St. John – who we recently heard about attached to the vampire tale Blood Wars – has written Motor City, a revenge story "about a small time crook who is framed and sent to jail only to go after those who put him there upon release." The twist? St. John's 2009 script was composed of a single line of dialogue. Joel Silver is championing the story and has Captain America's Chris Evans in mind for the lead. Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Renner are on the backburner for the lead, but Silver is confident Evans can carry the part for this almost entirely silent film. Do you agree? [Twitch]
Academy Award winner Diablo Cody didn't exactly blow everyone away with her script for Jennifer's Body and her Showtime comedy-drama United States of Tara was recently cancelled – but Cody fans rejoiced when they heard she would be returning to the big screen for her directorial debut with Lamb of God. The film follows a young conservative woman who loses her faith after a plane crash. She heads to Sin City to indulge in a little of her own devilry, and eventually finds her way back to her faith. Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough is rumored for the lead role, with Get Him to the Greek's Russell Brand being offered the part of the male lead, William. Will Brand's big personality overshadow the project, and what are your thoughts on Cody's entry into the director biz so far? [Twitch]

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