John Travolta hasn’t portrayed a lof of real people. Back in the ’90s, he kind of played Bill Clinton in Primary Colors and had the role of non-famous actual lawyer Jan Schlichtmann in A Civil Action. Then last year he embodied the part of famous O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro on television and earned an Emmy nomination for the performance. Now he’s about to grace the big screen in another true story as notorious mobster John Gotti Sr.
The first trailer has arrived for the biopic, titled Gotti, courtesy of Good Morning America. Travolta fits the part of the titular Gambino family boss well, through the decades. We’ve seen a lot of this sort of real-life mafia movie, from Goodfellas to Black Mass, and we’ve seen Travolta as a gangster before, in such classics as Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty, but this time we get the two together. Gotti isn’t just about Travolta’s character, though, as it focuses on both John Gotti Sr. and his son, John Gotti, Jr. (Unbroken‘s Spencer Rocco Lofranco).
Gotti is also a family affair in other ways. Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, plays Gotti matriarch, Victoria (and their daughter Ella Bleu was once set to play Gotti daughter Angel but eventually left the production). There was cooperation and advisement from the real John Gotti, Jr., too, which allowed Travolta to wear the late mobster’s ties and jewelry. Could the movie also bring Travolta his third Oscar nomination in the wake of his Emmy glory (he did win for producing The People v. O.J. Simpson)? Regardless, it looks like a decent crime film and biopic.
Watch the first trailer below.
Kevin Connolly, best known as one of the stars of HBO’s Entourage and also the director of Dear Eleanor
Lem Dobbs (Haywire) and Leo Rossi (Mafioso: The Father, the Son)
John Travolta, Spencer Rocco Lofranco, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Chris Mulkey, William DeMeo and Leo Rossi
“Gotti follows infamous crime boss John Gotti’s (John Travolta) rise to become the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Spanning three decades and recounted by his son John Jr. (Spencer Lofranco), Gotti examines Gotti’s tumultuous life as he and his wife (Kelly Preston) attempt to hold the family together amongst tragedy and multiple prison sentences.” (via Lionsgate Premiere)
December 15, 2017, in theaters and On Demand.