John Travolta to depict mob boss John Gotti

Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:49pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - John Travolta will portray notorious New York organized crime boss, the late John Gotti, in a new mob movie that may also feature troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, producers said on Tuesday.

"Gotti: Three Generations," will also co-star actor Joe Pesci as Gotti's close friend Angelo Ruggiero. Lohan is "in talks" to be cast in the film, producer Marc Fiore told a news conference attended by Lohan.

The independently-financed film will tell the story of Gotti, the infamous American mobster who became boss of the Gambino crime family and the relationship with his family and son, John Gotti Jr., who himself rose to head the Gambinos and sold the rights to his life story for the film.

"This is probably the most interesting, untold story in this country, and what a character to approach and understand," Travolta, 57, told a news conference.

Fiore did not say what role Lohan was in talks to play, but media reports have said she is being considered for the role of Gotti Snr.'s daughter Victoria Gotti.

Lohan, 24, whose once promising Hollywood career has been sidelined by three years of jail spells, rehab and court appearances, is currently facing trial and a possible jail sentence in Los Angeles on a jewelry theft charge.

John J. Gotti, known as the "Teflon Don" for evading convictions on several charges that wouldn't stick, died of cancer in prison aged 61 in 2002. He was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison for murder, racketeering, extortion and tax evasion.

His son, John A. Gotti, lived up to his father's reputation by eluding conviction in four racketeering trials between 2004 and 2009 with the defense that he quit mob life.   Continued...

<p>Actor John Travolta poses with John Gotti Jr. during a news conference to promote "Gotti: Three Generations" in New York, April 12, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>