John Travolta has signed on to play the “Teflon Don,” John Gotti, late boss of New York’s Gambino crime family, in the upcoming Gotti: Three Generations—a casting announcement that’s been rumored ever since Travolta had a very Sopranos-esque dinner with John Gotti Jr. in January but which has now been made official. As reported earlier, the film is less your standard mob drama than a story about a son reconnecting with his father, complete with a redemption arc about Junior leaving the family business, and a dying-of-cancer subplot that should disappoint anyone hoping for a little late-’80s gangster action. Naturally, it’s being handled by Nick Cassavetes, who’s dealt with the considerable legacy of his own dad by similarly retreating to a less controversial life as the director of mostly sentimental sap like My Sister’s Keeper and The Notebook. But hey, at least Travolta’s role comes with a nice, luxurious wig.
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