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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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61.

ceci    

que les pasa a esr pais que no respeta al gran y talentoso actor que es travolta son discriminadores en todo caso nunca he visto un gay casado por 20 ños no creo alas revistas basuras leo los comentarios venenosos y pienso que cagados de mentes esta ese pais fuerza john

1343 days ago
62.

marco    

what about ray loretta? wouldnt he make a good john gotti??

1343 days ago
63.

panda bear    

I see Armand Assante playing Gotti. What do you think?

1343 days ago
64.

Rachel Rothechild    

Why hasn't TMZ reported on John Travolta Being a homosexual as reported by the Enquirer. If it was not true The paper would have been sued.
Anyway I think he went to Gotti for a loan and Gotti is milking the good publicity. One hand washes the other and we foot the bill?

1342 days ago
65.

Edward Lozzi    

Congratulations to Marty Ingels, John Travolta and James Franco for their news about The John Gotti movie. Wishing all the parties and their "reps" the best of luck with this motion picture. I hope there is a role for Oscar winning actress Shirley Jones ( who just happens to be married to Marty Ingels).

1342 days ago
66.

bla    

You internet heroes, you so taff and so very smart. Now wipe your noses, get out of your mothers house basement and go apply for a job finally.

1342 days ago
67.

john conners    

John Gotti was a thug and a punk. It's widely known that when he went to prison he was beat up so much his family paid for protection for him so the real tough guys would'nt beat him up any more. So pityfull for what was suppose to be a Mafia Boss to be such a punk in prison, where he was nothing more than a laundry boy for other inmates. They had a ball pushing him around. And his grandkids on "Growing Up Gotti" are nothing but punks also. Don't believeit???? Google is your friend.

1342 days ago
68.

graci     

John is not gay. He is goodlooking kind and successful and people just love to look for untrue dirt because they are jealous and unhappy with themselves.

1341 days ago
69.

graci     

John is not gay. He is goodlooking kind and successful and people just love to look for untrue dirt because they are jealous and unhappy with themselves.

1341 days ago
70.

mike    

BEST CHOICE paul sevino

1340 days ago
71.

Christopher     

I think Travolta is okay for the part. If he's good enough for Gotti's son, he's good enough for me. They really seem to want John. I've been hearing stuff about James Franco playing Junior. He's so wrong for the part. Jerry Ferrara should play John Gotti Jr. He was made for the part. He looks and sounds like him. All Ferrara has to do is put on more weight.

1339 days ago
72.

Primo    

You got to be kidding? Travolta as Gotti? Get the **** arra here!!!! He is gonna ruin the men's career for god's sake , who is Gotti and who the **** is Travolta? The ****ing Director needs somebody taugher then Travolta (OFF the screen). Stop it.

1323 days ago
73.

Mirage5058    

I would think someone as talented as John Travolta has better offers then portraying a piece of crap who murdered people robbed,you name it he did John Gotti was nothing but a thug who does not deserve any hollywood attention he was nothing just a punk like all the rest of them who hunted in pacts and scared everyone,If travolta takes this role he should reconsider his carrer,Gotti was a piece of crap,His daughter thinks shes some sort of queen (not)God gave gotti his due,It makes me sick to see all these people putting a murderer on a pedestal,I say no movie.John Travolta is a great actor,it saddens me he would do this movie

1307 days ago
74.

TommyG    

Travolta as Gotti? What a terrible choice of actors to play such an important role. Travolta does not cut it as a tough guy and throw in his whacked out Scientology affiliation and who is going to accept him in this role? Nobody. This was a casting call mistake of the century and this film has no chance of the success it would have had if they cast a more appropriate actor to play Gotti. Hey Fiore, why in the hell would you not have picked one of the Sopranos cast members!

This movie will now not be worthy of wasting your money on to see in theaters. I would wait until it comes out on DVD before seeing it or just download it for free on line as a torrent. What a shame as this would have been such a great film opportunity had they made the right casting choices.

1242 days ago
75.

Mafia Maps    

Check out real Gotti crime locations around New York on your iPhone: http://www.mafiamaps.com

1217 days ago
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