Dominic Cooper Could Play John Travolta's Son In John Gotti Biopic

By Katey Rich 2011-07-26 16:46:41discussion comments
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Dominic Cooper is having a very good week. It started last Friday, when Captain America: The First Avenger premiered to great reviews and even greater box office, at least in some part thanks to Cooper's charming, seemingly effortless performance as the industrialist father of Iron Man, Howard Stark. This Friday Cooper is taking more than his fair share of a starring role, doing double duty both as Saddam's son Uday Hussein and Uday's body double in The Devil's Double. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and has been praised ever since for Cooper's fierce performance; we'll have an interview later this week in which he discusses a lot of the particular details of what went into it.

Now Showbiz 411 has the news that Cooper might be considering the next project to add to his presumably full plate. They hear he's considering joining Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father, the ever-changing biopic of John Gotti that's currently set to star John Travolta as the famous mobster. As you might guess from the title, the role of John Gotti Jr. is a pretty big one, and not only because the son is one of the producers on the film. The film will be directed by Barry Levinson, who took over for Nick Cassavetes and has essentially reshaped the entire film, including bringing on James Toback to do rewrites. Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Kelly Preston are already set for roles in the film.

When I saw Mamma Mia! in 2008-- OK, fine, I saw it twice, don't judge me-- I watched Cooper dancing on a beach in flippers and especially dancing in a pink sleeveless jumpsuit in the "Waterloo" credit sequence and worried his career might never recover. Lucky for him and for all of us, he's doing just fine, and probably even better than ever. While I'm still a little skeptical about Gotti thanks to the three ring circus of its pre-production process, it sounds like a good role for Cooper among the many good ones he's taken. Maybe he'll even manage to bring a decent performance out of Travolta too-- after all, they've got embarrassing musical numbers to bond over.
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