“The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel film to “The Sopranos,” has finally found its young Tony Soprano. However, it is a fitting yet somewhat surprising casting choice. Deadline has reported that Michael Gandolfini will play the iconic mob boss. His father, the late James Gandolfini, originated the role of Tony Soprano. So, Gandolfini shall continue his father’s legacy.
This is a role that will surely be a major breakthrough for the young actor. He recently appeared on the series “The Deuce” and gained notice for his work. But occupying an iconic role on the big screen will make more people take note of his talents. Sources close to Deadline say that the audition process was quite lengthy. But Gandolfini won the role due to his screen presence as well as resemblance to his father.
“The Many Saints of Newark” will take place during the 1960’s Newark riots when Italians and African-Americans were at war. The story will focus on Dickie Moltisanti, played by Alessandro Nivola, who served as a mentor to young Tony. The rest of the cast currently includes Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll.
Michael Gandolfini said this in a statement to Deadline:
“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano. I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.”
Alan Taylor, who helmed nine episodes of “The Sopranos” and “Thor: The Dark World,” will direct the picture. Also, series creator David Chase penned the script with series co-writer Lawrence Konner and will produce along with him.
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