John Travolta to Play Mafia Boss John Gotti Jr.

John Travolta announced he will be playing the role of John “Junior” Gotti notorious boss of the Gambino Crime Family.

John Joseph Gotti, Jr (October 27, 1940 – June 10, 2002) was an American mobster who became the Boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Growing up in poverty, he and his brothers turned to a life of crime at an early age. Operating out of Queens, Gotti quickly rose to become the protege of Gambino family underboss Aniello Dellacroce. After the FBI indicted members of Gotti’s crew for selling narcotics, Gotti took advantage of the crumbling leadership of the group and organized the murder of Gambino crime family Boss Paul Castellano in December 1985 and took over the family shortly thereafter. This left Gotti as the boss of the most powerful crime family in America, which made hundreds of millions of dollars a year from construction, hijacking, loan sharking, gambling, extortion and other criminal activities. Gotti was the most powerful crime boss during his era and became widely known for his outspoken personality and flamboyant style, which eventually helped lead to his downfall.

To research the part, John Travolta plans to study as much original video footage as possible and to “understand how a syndicate like this works.”

The film, due for release in 2012, will co-star Joe Pesci as Gotti’s deputy Angelo Ruggiero, and possibly also Lindsay Lohan, who attended the press conference alongside a row of bejeweled Gotti family members. Producer Marc Fiore praised Lohan’s acting skills and commented,  ”I’m in talks to have Lindsay in the movie. Nothing has been finalized, but we are in talks,” he said.

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