Caan calls the shots in 'Wisegal'


James Caan, who played mobster Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather," has been bumped up to family don.

The actor has joined the cast of Lifetime's original movie "Wisegal" opposite Alyssa Milano and Jason Gedrick.

Meanwhile, Annie Potts has signed on to co-star opposite Nikki Blonsky in another Lifetime original movie, "Queen Sized," which marks Potts' first project for the network since her drama series "Any Day Now" wrapped its run in 2002.

"Wisegal," inspired by the true story of Patty Montanari, centers on a woman (Milano) who becomes a trusted confidante to the Mafia only to confront the heartbreaking reality that her romance with the captain (Gedrick) of a Brooklyn crime family has put her children in jeopardy.

Caan will play a mob boss, impressed with Patty's moxie, who persuades her to work for the organization — at great personal risk — as a courier transporting millions of dollars from Canada into the U.S.

Jerry Ciccoritti is directing from a script by Shelley Evans. The movie is executive produced by Daniel H. Blatt, Joe Pistone, Leo Rossi and Anthony Melchiorri. It's set to premiere next year.

Caan recently ended a four-season run on NBC's "Las Vegas." He is repped by UTA.

"Queen Sized," premiering Jan. 5, is the true story of an overweight teen (Blonsky) who takes a stand against bullying, becomes her school's homecoming queen and ends up with more than just a crown. Potts will play the mother of Blonsky's character.

Peter Levin will direct from a script by Rodney Johnson. Bob Sertner and Frank Von Zerneck are executive producing.

Potts is shooting a guest role on ABC's "Ugly Betty" and recently shot a series regular role as William H. Macy's wife in the TNT pilot "Family Man." She is repped Innovative and Connie Tavel at Forward Management.

"Wisegal" and "Queen Sized" are two of three original movies that fall under Lifetime's recently announced co-production deal with Starz Media. The other movie is "True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet," starring JoJo and Valerie Bertinelli.