WATCH: Many Saints of Newark sees Michael Gandolfini turn into younger version of his father’s Tony Soprano
By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.
Fourteen years ago everything went black, when hit television series The Sopranos aired its final episode. Today, fans rejoiced as the silver screen lit up with the trailer of the upcoming movie "The Many Saints of Newark," a prequel to The Sopranos.
“Legends aren’t born. They’re made,” the film’s teaser reads. New Line Cinema’s “The Many Saints of Newark” is the much-anticipated feature film prequel to David Chase’s groundbreaking, award-winning HBO drama series “The Sopranos.”
It shows a young Anthony Soprano growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.
Tony Soprano lives on. In more ways than one might’ve thought. James Gandolfini, the actor who turned the character of Tony Soprano into a global phenomenon, passed away in 2013. Now his son Michael is stepping into his father’s footsteps as he becomes a young Tony Soprano, and shows he has his father’s talent. That (in)famous look Tony could give with eyes is back the moment the trailer starts.
Watch the trailer below:
Gandolfini is joined by a star-studded cast that includes: Alessandro Nivola (“Disobedience,” “American Hustle”), Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” “Murder on the Orient Express”), Jon Bernthal (“Baby Driver,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Corey Stoll (“First Man,” “Ant-Man”), Michael Gandolfini (TV’s “The Deuce”), Billy Magnussen (“Game Night,” “The Big Short”), Michela De Rossi (“Boys Cry,” TV’s “The Rats”), John Magaro (“The Finest Hours,” “Not Fade Away”), with Emmy winner Ray Liotta (TV’s “Shades of Blue,” “Goodfellas”) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films).
“The Many Saints of Newark” was shot on location in New Jersey and New York, and several beloved characters from the original series that inspired the film are featured in the movie. During its six-season run, “The Sopranos”—widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential television drama series of all time—was honored with 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and two Peabody Awards, to name only a portion.
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