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John Travolta as John Gotti!!!

1/25/2011 7:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's awesome casting ... John Travolta playing John Gotti in a new movie.

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Travolta was at Amici restaurant (Italian, of course) in Brentwood last night, where he was coy about taking the role. But Marty Ingels -- the Executive Producer of the movie who dined with John  -- was more direct, saying Travolta will play the lead role in the movie, titled "Gotti."

Sources tell us Travolta has not signed on the dotted line yet.

We're also told James Franco has been approached to play John Gotti, Jr.  Awesome.

0125_travolta2Our sources say Nick Cassavetes -- of "Alpha Dog" and "Notebook" fame -- is currently rewriting the script and will be the director.

Marc Fiore
-- who purchased the rights to Gotti's story back in September -- was also at the last night's meeting and is Executive Producer on the film.

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46.

Enough    

If you want to see just what type of acting "versalility" Travolta has in this type of character role, look at him as the gangleader "don" in the first Punisher movie. He turned what would have been a good movie into a POS due to his inability to instill any believability (via acting) into his role. I think after his hideously laughable acting in the Scientology produced "Battlefield Earth", he's been desperate to show himself an actor. Too bad he sucks at it.

1303 days ago
47.

Lisa    

Oh. Hell. Yes. HELL YES!!! I shall be FIRST in line to see this one! I am seriously looking forward to it.

1303 days ago
48.

Allrightythen    

Travolta as Gotti? AAHHHAAHHHAAHHHAAHHA! Right!

Like I'm going to spend money on that.

1303 days ago
49.

gregg    

I didn't know Gotti was a frag ??????

1303 days ago
50.

gregg    

Armand Assante would of been the right guy to play Gotti not girly voice ravolta

1303 days ago
51.

Truth    

THE CRIME FAMILIES WERE ALL PART OF THE ILLUMINATI. JAY-Z SHUD PLAY GOTTI.... KANYE WEST PLAY HIS SON JOHN GOTTI JR., BEYAAAWNCE IS VICTORIA GOTTI, AND WHO EVER IS LEFT WITH BALLS CAN PLAY SAMMY GRAVANNO CUZ WAS HE MAN ENUFF TO STAY IN PRISON AND NOT GET HIS BALLS CUT OFF IN THE REAL WORLD.

1303 days ago
52.

Bubbles The Chimp    

WTF. What a pathetic choice to play Gotti. They will need to change the title to 'Battlefield Gotti' because that movie will bomb.

1303 days ago
53.

anony    

Only if Marty Ingels shaves his head and plays Bruce Cutler.

1302 days ago
54.

Lucia    

It would be insult to Mr. Gotti memory and insult to his familia to let how you say uomo girly to be him in movie. No give this pazzo scientologist part in film. I will not go. I tell other not go to make his culto ricco and not him too. My Inglese not good but I know enough to not see uomo femminile . I laugh at him

1302 days ago
55.

gerry    

i don't see it.

1302 days ago
56.

Nostradamus    

Who cares about this murderers f'ing legacy? I think its hilarious that fembot Travolta is casted to play the stone cold murerer. I hope the families of his victims sue for any profits this film makes. Profits are unlikely though, straight to blue ray, I bet.

1302 days ago
57.

James    

John Travolta is a bad choice for John Gotti. Vince Curatola (who played Johnny Sack in the Sopranos) should play the role of John Gotti.

1302 days ago
58.

susan    

PLEASE do not have John Ravolta play Gotti. I hope that no one pays to see this idiot scientologist in this movie. Me and my hard earned money will not go to anything associated with this cult of idiots!!!!!!

1302 days ago
59.

Oh Brother.....    

I'm definitely confused. I thought Sylvester Stallone was going to play the role of John Gotti?

1302 days ago
60.

jess_sayin    

I would have picked DeNiro to play John Gotti and Mickey Rourke as Sammy the Bull.

1302 days ago
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