A project that’s been kicking around since 2011 is at last seeing the light of day: Namely, John Travolta doing his best Goodfellas impression.
Actually, it’s the biopic Gotti, based on the life of the infamous (and attention-loving) New York mob boss John Gotti. The above trailer makes it look like it’s going to be a fairly extensive swath of the man’s life story—over the course of three decades—but focused largely on the years following his ascent to power, thanks to a clever little bit of diplomacy known as “killing the top guy and then assuming his place.” Travolta’s real-life wife Kelly Preston costars as Gotti’s loyal wife, and the mobster’s son John Gotti, Jr. (Spencer Lofranco) also plays a large role, as Gotti brings his child into that world against the wishes of his spouse.
But even in a movie where Travolta is playing a larger-than-life mob boss with an outsized attitude and reputation to match (Gotti’s nickname was “The Teflon Don”), the most unusual thing isn’t the casting. It’s the director: The film is shot by Kevin Connolly, a.k.a. “E” from Entourage. The actor has shot a couple of smaller indie films, as well as two episodes of Entourage and—weirdly—a few installments of his early show, Unhappily Ever After, which you may remember for featuring a talking rabbit named Mr. Floppy, voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait. We’ll know whether he can successfully capture the New York criminal underworld when Gotti opens December 15.