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Sir Anthony Hopkins joins Travolta's Gotti biopic

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May 20, 2013 | 5:13pm EDT

Sir Anthony Hopkins has reportedly joined the cast of John Travolta's much-anticipated new movie about mobster John Gotti. Gotti: In The Shadow of My Father picked up Travolta as its lead in 2010, while Nick Cassavetes signed on as director and Lindsay Lohan and Joe Pesci were announced as potential co-stars. Cassavetes and Pesci dropped out amid delays in 2011 and a deal with Lohan didn't pan out, prompting many Hollywood insiders to believe John Gotti, Jr.'s family drama would never be made. But Travolta recently insisted he was still on board and now it appears the film is finally coming together - and it has some added star power. The project's international distribution is up for sale at the Cannes Film Festival and executives at IM Global have announced that Hopkins has signed up for the film, although his role remains a mystery. But Travolta is still set to play Gotti and his wife Kelly Preston will portray Gotti's partner Victoria, while the couple's daughter, Ella, will play Gotti kid Angel. It is not clear if Ben Foster, who was attached to play Gotti's son, is still on board.

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