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26 February 2024

How's the mafia linked to Travolta, Franco?

Travolta and Franco are in talks to play the Gottis (FILE)

By Miranda Smith

It's sounds like a dream pairing aimed at cross-generational audiences.

Seventies hottie John Travolta will likely team with current heartthrob James Franco in a new film about America's notorious Gotti crime family.

The celebrity website TMZ.com reports that producer Marty Ingels, who was spotted dining with Travolta in California on Monday night, says the "Grease" star will play 'Teflon Don' John Gotti in the film, while Franco is in the running to play John Gotti, Jr. Travolta has already met with John Gotti's oldest son -- Junior Gotti, but has apparently yet to sign on to the project.

"'The Notebook" director' Nick Cassavetes is reworking the script.

Meanwhile, Travolta has turned down a cameo on the hit song-and-dance TV show "Glee" -- apparently because he could not adequately prepare for the role.

"They've asked," the perfectionist star told Entertainment Tonight about the offer. "When I do musicals I train for six to nine months... and a show like that is an on-demand thing. I really have a criteria or a pride that I would wanna knock 'em dead, and I don't think I'd knock 'em dead in a week."

And Franco is also in talks on another film: the 32-year-old actor has been offered the role of Chuck Traynor, a pornographer who married troubled actress Linda Lovelace, the star of movie "Deep Throat". He will st ar opposite Kate Hudson, who plays the lead role.

The adaptation has been written from the book "The Complete Linda Lovelace" by W. Merritt Johnson, and is being helmed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who worked with Franco in 2010 drama "Howl".

Linda was married to Chuck while she starred in the breaktrhough "Deep Throat", but later divorced him and left the pornographic industry, which she later derided in a number of biographies in the 1980s, including her 1986 book "Ordeal".