John Travolta to play Mafia boss John Gotti in new biopic

New project to follow three generations of Mafia family

John Travolta has signed up to play legendary Mafia boss John Gotti in a new biopic.

The Pulp Fiction and Saturday Night Fever star will appear as Gotti, once labelled the King Of New York, in new film Gotti: Three Generations.

According to Variety, Travolta went for dinner with Gotti Jr in January when he was in talks about the role.

The film will centre on Gotti Jr‘s decision to leave the family business, chronicling a series of trials which saw him narrowly escape going to prison. Gotti Jr is apparently keen to use the film to restore his reputation.

The new film will be directed by Nick Cassavetes. James Franco has also reportedly been linked to the project.

Travolta was seen most recently in From Paris With Love.