Pacino starred in arguably the best and most well-known mob movies of all time, the 'Godfather' trilogy, so his addition to the project brings with it a certain gravitas. Indeed, the entire project has gotten a highbrow facelift recently; in addition to Pacino, it was announced last week that six-time Oscar nominee (and Best Director winner for 'Rain Man') Barry Levinson would direct the film, and that he and his award-winning 'Bugsy' screenwriter James Toback would rewrite the script.
The Fiore Films production is set to star John Travolta as the famed crime boss, as well as Joe Pesci, Kelly Preston and Lindsay Lohan. Filming is expected to begin later this year for a 2012 release.
Levinson and Pacino last joined forces on HBO's acclaimed, Emmy-winning 'You Don't Know Jack,' about doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.
Pacino's character, Neil Dellacroce, also known as "Father O'Neil" and "The Tall Guy," was an associate and mentor to John Gotti Sr. who controlled traditional criminal activity, including robbery, hijacking and extortion, for the Gambino family in Manhattan in the 1970s and defended crime boss Paul Castellano when he upset Gotti by banning drug dealing in the organization.