The Sopranos prequel Newark gets 2020 release date… with Michael Gandolfini set to play young Tony Soprano
The Sopranos movie has been given a new title… and a release date.
The film prequel to the acclaimed HBO drama series was formerly known as The Many Saints Of Newark, but is now simply called Newark, reported Variety on Thursday.
The publication also revealed the film’s release date: September 25, 2020.
Generations: The central character of Tony Soprana in Newark will be played by Michael Gandolfini [R] the son of James Gandolfini [L], who made the role famous in the original series
The central character of Tony Soprana will be played by the son of James Gandolfini, who made the role famous in the original series.
Michael Gandolfini, 19, will star in the David Chase-produced movie as the younger version of the character his late father portrayed.
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And Deadline.com reported last month that Ray Liotta, 64, is in negotiations to come on board the movie set at the time of tensions between African Americans and Italian Americans that led to riots in 1967 in Newark, New Jersey.
Back to the mob: Ray Liotta, 64, is set to join the cast of Davide Chase’s Sopranos prequel Newark, Deadline.com reported Wednesday
Classic: Liotta starred in Martin Scorcese’s acclaimed mob movie Goodfellas with Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino and Joe Pesci. The film was released in 1990
In a statement, Liotta said he was ‘thrilled to be working’ with Chase and Alan Taylor who is set to direct the film.
‘I respect them both immensely and look forward to making this special project with New Line,’ he added.
The actor, who starred as Henry Hill in 1990’s Goodfellas, was born and raised in Newark.
He’s the latest Goodfellas actor to be associated with The Sopranos.
Twenty-seven people who appeared in the Scorsese film also had roles in the HBO series, according to Deadline.com, including Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Frank Vincent and Tony Sirico.
Leading role: Alessandro Nivola was the first actor to be cast in the prequel and will star as Dickie Moltisanti, the father of the TV series character Christopher
He joins the already announced cast of Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen and Corey Stoll.
Little is known about the characters that will be featured in Newark as Sopranos creator David Chase is keeping his cards close to his chest.
Chase is co-writing the screenplay with Lawrence Konner who wrote for The Sopranos and also for Boardwalk Empire.
Director Taylor helmed nine episodes of The Sopranos as well as directing episodes of Game Of Thrones, Mad Men and the film Thor: The Dark World.
All that’s been revealed so far is that Nivola will play Dickie Moltisanti, the father of the TV series character Christopher, and Gandolfini will play the young version of his father’s mob boss character Tony Soprano.
Chip off the old block: Michael Gandolfini, the 19-year-old son of the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini, will play his famous father’s character Tony Soprano as a young man
Backstory: The Sopranos centered around mob boss Tony, played by Gandolfini, who sought treatment for panic attacks. The show ran for six seasons on HBO from 1999 to 2007
The Sopranos centered around mob boss Tony who sought treatment for panic attacks and ran for six seasons on HBO from 1999 to 2007.
It made a star of actor James Gandolfini and won numerous awards including Golden Globes, Emmys and SAG Awards.
Gandolfini died suddenly of a heart attack while visiting Rome, Italy, on June 19, 2013. He was 51.
Earlier this month, Michael Gandolfini, 19, told TMZ that he’s psyched to be playing his famous father’s character as a young man in the prequel.
‘It’s exciting to step into the shoes of my dad,’ he said. ‘I’m real excited, it’s going to be great!’ he said.
Michael, whose mother Marcy Wudarski was married to Gandolfini from 1999 to 2002, was chosen because his looks and mannerisms so closely align with his father’s.
The teen actor’s previous credits include a role in Ocean’s Eight and a recurring role on HBO’s The Deuce.
Highly anticipated: Little more is known about the characters that will be featured in The Many Saints Of Newark as Sopranos creator David Chase is keeping his cards close to his chest
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