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Travolta to play Gotti in biopic

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2011 file photo, U.S. actor John Travolta arrives for the 46th Golden Camera media award gala in Berlin, Germany.

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2011 file photo, U.S. actor John Travolta arrives for the 46th Golden Camera media award gala in Berlin, Germany. Photo by The Associated Press.

John Travolta will play legendary Gambino crime family leader "Dapper Don" John Gotti in an upcoming film about Gotti's life.

A person with knowledge of the project who spoke on condition of anonymity because the project has not been officially announced said the film from independent production company Fiore Films will be produced by Marc Fiore and directed by Nick Cassavetes. Talent broker Marty Ingels will be executive producer.

The official announcement will be made at an April 12 news conference in New York, where the film will be shot on a budget of about $15 million later this year.

The casting follows months of speculation that the 57-year-old Travolta would play the famous mobster, who died in prison in 2002. Gotti's son, 47-year-old John "Junior" Gotti, sold rights for the film to Fiore last year for an undisclosed amount.

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