By: Xander Bowman
John Travolta and his daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta, have joined the cast of CBS Films’ THE OPTIMIST.
The film, which the Travolta’s would lead, is about a precocious young girl and a jaded public defender team up to help keep her heroin-addicted mother out of prison. Chloe Moretz was previously in talks to star. Aaron Eckhardt, Chloe Sevigny, and Keri Russell have also been mentioned for the Jerry Levine-directed drama. Sharon Hoffman is writing the script.
Nina Tassler is producing.
Ella, the daughter of Travolta and Kelly Preston, has appeared alongside her father in “Old Dogs” and will be seen with her parents in the mob drama “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father,” which also features Lindsay Lohan, Chazz Palminteri, Ben Foster, and Al Pacino.
Travolta, who starred in ABC’s “Welcome Back, Kotter” in the ’70s, segued into film with Brian De Palma’s “Carrie” followed by “Saturday Night Fever,” which earned him his first Oscar nomination. He stole hearts and impressed with his musical abilities in “Grease.” After appearing in the “Look Who’s Talking” films, Travolta showed off his dancing prowess and earned another Academy Award nomination for Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” Action films, like “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Broken Arrow,” and “The Punisher” have always been a favorable genre for Travolta. Recently, he completed filming Oliver Stone’s “Savages” and “Killing Season” opposite Robert De Niro.
Both are repped by WME.