The Sopranos movie: Everything you need to know about 'The Many Saints of Newark', prequel to the hit HBO show

Having wrapped up in 2007, 'The Sopranos', which won 21 Primetime Emmys and five Golden Globes, is more or less the show that put HBO on the map.


                            The Sopranos movie: Everything you need to know about 'The Many Saints of Newark', prequel to the hit HBO show

Fans of ‘The Sopranos’ received some amazing news recently when it was announced that Michael Gandolfini, who is the son of late star James Gandolfini, will be playing a younger version of his father's role Tony Soprano in a prequel film titled 'The Many Saints Of Newark.’ Having wrapped up in 2007, 'The Sopranos', which won 21 Primetime Emmys and five Golden Globes, is more or less the show that put HBO on the map.

The brainchild of David Chase, who also wrote and produced HBO’s parent show, ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ has already piqued the interest of many. Unfortunately, not much is known about the project, and we are here to fix that. Read on to learn all the crucial information you need to know about ‘The Many Saints of Newark.’



 

 

Who will be returning from ‘The Sopranos’?

The dream team of Chase, Lawrence Konner and Alan Taylor will return as showrunners for the prequel. Chase was the creator, showrunner, and head writer of ‘The Sopranos,’ while Konner was a staff writer who got the sole credit on three episodes. Taylor also served as a director on nine episodes of ‘The Sopranos.’

Who are the stars?

Alessandro Nivola will play the central character in the film, Dickie Moltisanti. Nivola is best known for his roles in ‘The Neon Demon’ and ‘American Hustle.’ Dickie has never appeared on ‘The Sopranos,’ but he had a pivotal role in Tony’s life. He was shot dead when his son Chrissy (Michael Imperioli) was still an infant, which made Tony very protective of Chrissy.

We know a lot about him, thanks to Tony’s many anecdotes, including the fact that he was a Vietnam vet, struggled with alcohol and drug addiction (like his son), and he gouged out the eye of a man who murdered his cellmate.

Actor James Gandolfini (R), wife Deborah Lin (L) and son Michael Gandolfini attend the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival opening night premiere after party for 'Shrek Forever After' at the MOMA on April 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images For Tribeca Film Festival)
Actor James Gandolfini (R), wife Deborah Lin (L) and son Michael Gandolfini attend the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival opening night premiere after party for 'Shrek Forever After' at the MOMA on April 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images For Tribeca Film Festival)

Michael Gandolfini, who will take on his father’s role, said in a statement, "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 am 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."

Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Corey Stoll, and Vera Farmiga have both been cast in undisclosed roles, but fans are speculating that Vera would make an excellent Livia Soprano -Tony’s mother - in her prime.

It is understood that the roles to be filled in the prequel also include Tony’s father, Johnny Boy Soprano, Tony’s uncle, Junior Soprano Uncle Junior, Jackie April Sr, Carmine Lupertazzi Sr, Walnuts Gualtieri, and Tony Blundetto.

 Creator David Chase attends 'The Sopranos: The Complete Fifth Season' DVD launch party at English is Italian on June 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
 Creator David Chase attends 'The Sopranos: The Complete Fifth Season' DVD launch party at English is Italian on June 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

What is the premise?

Seeing as Dickie is the primary character on the show, it is quite possible that the events that led to his death is what 'The Many Saints of Newark' would focus on. Set amid the 1967 Newark riots, the movie would focus on how Dickie was affected by the “The Long Hot Summer of 1967," wherein the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were bitterly set against each other. 

When will it premiere?

Since the project is still in the casting stage, 'The Many Saints of Newark' may be set for a 2020 release.