The news of John Travolta circling the part was confirmed by executive producer Marc Fiore. Here's what he had to say about the actor:
"We would love to have him. He's a terrific actor. John Gotti, Sr. - he's an icon. And so is Travolta. The Gottis have an image already. People know who they are. You can't just be a good actor, you have to be a great actor who can become John Gotti."
James Franco has also been mentioned to portray John Gotti Jr., although his rep would only confirm that the actor was sent the script. The story of this untitled biopic is said to span three generations of the Gotti crime family. The Gotti family has signed deals to act as consultants on the movie and John Gotti Jr. worked on the script with Leo Rossi
Producers plan to start filming on the John Gotti biopic sometime this summer.