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John Travolta 'Excited' to Play John Gotti in New Movie

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- John Travolta's next big-screen role will be playing one of America's most notorious gangsters.  The actor recently signed a deal to play the late John Gotti in a big-screen film about the mobster who headed the Gambino crime family.  The flick will be based on the life of Gotti and his son, John Gotti Jr.

At a New York press conference Tuesday, Travolta gushed about the movie, saying, "I got especially excited about the project after I met John Gotti, Jr. because his story is fascinating and I found him to be compelling, compassionate and caring." 

Joe Pesci, who will co-star in the movie, added, "It's going to be a great experience and a rare opportunity to look inside the life of Gotti."

Some of the talk at the press conference centered around Lindsay Lohan, who sat in the first row with her mother, Dina, and who is rumored for the role of Gotti's daughter, Victoria Gotti. Travolta joked that Lohan is a longtime fan of his, adding, "I've always thought she was gorgeous and talented and filled with a lot of depth so I think whatever she'd like to do would be great with me."

Producer Marc Fiore confirmed that he's talking with Lohan about joining the cast, but says there's no deal yet.

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