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The Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark has landed Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor to direct. Eleven years after the HBO series left the air, creator David Chase is preparing to revisit his iconic mob family for a movie set decades prior to the action of the show. Taking place during the 1967 Newark riots, the film will explore racial tensions that erupted between Italian-American and African-American criminal organizations, while also checking in on younger versions of several key characters from the original show.
After it debuted in January of 1999, The Sopranos quickly went on to establish itself as one of the most acclaimed and buzzworthy shows on television. Centered on mobster Tony Soprano and his family, the series explored contemporary life while focusing in on Tony's relationships with his wife, children, family members, mob associates and psychiatrist. The series would go on to win 21 Emmy Awards including two for Outstanding Drama Series. Its 2007 finale episode, featuring arguably the most famous cut-to-black in history, remains one of the most controversial sign-offs in television history.

After years of rumors of a potential Sopranos follow-up series or film, creator David Chase is now ready to dive back into his mob universe with the prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark, currently being set up at New Line. The Wrap reports that Chase will entrust director Alan Taylor to helm the project, working from a script co-written by Chase and Lawrence Konner.


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The veteran director Taylor has helmed several high-profile film projects in recent years, including the MCU entry Thor: The Dark World and the maligned reboot Terminator Genisys. He also has vast experience in television, and particularly with HBO series. Taylor, in fact, directed nine episodes of The Sopranos, including the season 6 episode, "Kennedy and Heidi," which won him an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Taylor also directed four episodes of the AMC series Mad Men, including the series opener, for which he received another Emmy nomination. In addition, Taylor has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Deadwood.


Details on The Many Saints of Newark are still being kept largely under wraps. As of now, no one knows which original Sopranos characters are set to appear, but it's a fair guess that Tony's father Johnny Boy will show up, as well as his mother Livia, who was played so memorably on the original series by the late Nancy Marchand. A younger version of Uncle June, played on the show by Dominic Chianese, is also a good bet to appear in the Sopranos prequel.
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Sopranos Prequel The Many Saints Of Newark Character Details Revealed



A new The Sopranos’ prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, will help fill in the gaps about certain narrative details from the TV show, with new character details surfacing. It’s been 11 years since HBO aired the polarizing final episode, leaving viewers wondering about the fate of the central family while sparking discussions about the series' legacy.

Last March, it was reported that David Chase - The Sopranos’ creator and frequent HBO collaborator - was officially moving forward with The Many Saints of Newark, and that original characters from his iconic mafia series would be featured. Starring the late James Gandolfini as an Italian-American mobster, The Sopranos premiered on January 10, 1999 and remained a staple of primetime television until the 86th and final episode, “Made in America” aired in June 2007. During its six-season run, The Sopranos' characters changed drastically, just as technological advancements changed societal routines for viewers. In many ways, Chase's iconic series marked the beginning of “prestige television,” as each episode symbolized a Sunday night event for HBO, years before a series like Game of Thrones would take a more ambitious approach.

Today, That Hashtag Show reported new details about The Sopranos’ prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark, most notably the narrative sketches of five purported characters. According to the story, a “Young Tony” will be part of the storyline, set amongst the city riots of the late 60s. In addition, Dickie Moltisanti will be featured, suggesting that Christopher Moltisanti (originally portrayed in The Sopranos by Michael Imperioli) may also be part of the film. While That Hashtag Show reveals little information about how this information was acquired, the article notes that “Aldo Moltisanti” will presumably be a new character: the grandfather of Tony Soprano, described as an “elegant wiseguy.”


Alan Taylor - who directed nine episode of The Sopranos, including six during the final season - has signed on to oversee The Many Saints of Newark. While he’s certainly an experienced theatrical filmmaker (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys), he’s mostly known as the visionary behind various Game of Thrones’ episodes such as “Fire and Blood” and “Valar Morghulis,” amongst many others during season 1 and season 2. After stepping away, Taylor returned to direct the season 7 episode “Beyond the Wall.” Given the filmmakers’ HBO resume and collaborative history with Chase, viewers can expect a specific aesthetic when imagining The Many Saints of Newark’s look and feel.

With the narrative pieces coming together for The Many Saints of Newark, it will be interesting to see who Chase enlists for the lead character role, and whether he chooses an established star or a character actor with a proven track record.
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'Sopranos' Prequel Film Taps Alessandro Nivola for Lead Role





The 'Disobedience' star is negotiating to play Dickey Moltisanti in 'The Many Saints of Newark' for Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.

Actor Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off, American Hustle) is in talks to play Dickey Moltisanti in The Sopranos prequel movie for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.
Alan Taylor is set to direct The Many Saints of Newark, which returns David Chase to the world of The Sopranos for the feature prequel, which he co-wrote with Lawrence Konner. Nivola, who also stars in Sebastian Lelio's Disobedience opposite Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdam, will play Moltisanti, a charismatic but violent made man who falls in love with his father’s much younger bride, a recent immigrant from Italy.
Childless himself, Moltisanti meanwhile does his best to mentor a teenage Tony Soprano, the son of a family friend who’s serving a multiyear sentence in prison. The story for the prequel is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 1960s, when African-Americans and Italians in New Jersey were at each other's throats and, among the gangsters of each group, it became lethal.
Other fan-favorite Sopranos characters besides Moltisanti (who was never seen during the series, but who whose son Christopher was a central character) will be seen in the film.
Nivola also stars in Jaron Albertin’s indie feature Weightless, and will next be seen opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Riley Stearns’s martial arts satire The Art of Self Defense, which Bleecker Street has scheduled for a spring release.
In addition, Nivola has lined up the lead role in the Channel 4 limited series Foreign Skies, adapted by Lucy Kirkwood. Nivola’s production company King Bee has a first-look TV development deal with eOne Studios after producing two seasons of the HBO comedy Doll & Em.
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Young Tony Soprano Confirmed For Prequel The Many Saints of Newark





Last October, character details first emerged for The Many Saints of Newark - a prequel to the iconic HBO series The Sopranos and now, a younger version of Tony Soprano has been confirmed for the new movie. In 1999, The Sopranos premiered on HBO starring a mostly unknown James Gandolfini. Created by David Chase, the crime drama not only explored the familial dynamics of the titular family, but also the inherent drama of the family business.
Throughout its six-season run, The Sopranos set the bar for “prestige TV,” all the while paving the way for more cinematic series like Game of Thrones. In 2013, Gandolfini passed away suddenly at age 51 in Rome, thus ending discussions about a narrative continuation while raising questions about a possible prequel. Last year, Chase confirmed that The Many Saints of Newark had begun production for a story about race relations during the 1967 Newark riots, and that Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor would helm the movie. From 1999 to 2007, Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) directed nine episodes of The Sopranos.


This week, Chase is celebrating The Sopranos’ 20th anniversary with numerous events in New York City, and he confirmed the inclusion of a young Tony Soprano character for The Many Saints of Newark, per Deadline. In an interview, Chase discusses his familial connections to Newark and how that connects to the prequel’s narrative timeline: “I used to go to down there every Saturday night for dinner with my grandparents. But the thing that interested me most was Tony’s boyhood. I was interested in exploring that.”




In addition, Chase expressed concern about making a prequel, but he also noted how the 1967 riots allowed for an intriguing storyline: “I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark. I was just interested in the whole Newark riot thing. I started thinking about those events and organized crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements.” Chase also commented about the mafia’s polished style during the 60s: “These weren’t guys who wore tracksuits, back then.”

When The Sopranos first premiered in 1999, journalists Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall covered the HBO series for Chase’s hometown newspaper, The Star-Ledger. Two decades later, the pair wrote a book, The Sopranos Sessions, to celebrate the iconic TV show. Tomorrow, Seitz, Sepinwall, and Chase will appear at the Sopranos Film Festival at New York City’s IFC Center, with five days of events planned for series enthusiasts. As for The Many Saints of Newark, Chase is currently in the process of casting the film.
Based on Chase’s comments about The Many Saints of Newark, fans of The Sopranos can expect a timely narrative that’s more about society as a whole than the inner workings of a mafia organization. Given the success of Jordan Peele’s Get Out, and the early hype for his upcoming drama Us, there’s plenty to explore about race and identity in modern American cinema, with some narratives being especially impactful thanks to skilled and thoughtful filmmakers behind the camera.
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Jon Bernthal And Vera Farmiga Join The Many Saints of Newark



We'll start with some news straight off the press, as THR reveals that the upcoming Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark has added a couple of big names to its cast. J
on Bernthal (The Punisher) and Vera Farmiga (Source Code) are in final talks to join the production, although no details on their characters are provided. Alessandro Nivola will play Dickey Moltisanti, the mentor of teenage Tony Soprano.

Specific plot details are still under wraps, but we do know that the film is "set in the era of the Newark riots in the '60s, when African-Americans and Italians of Newark were at each other's throats."
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Sopranos Prequel Movie Casts Corey Stoll & Billy Magnussen





The upcoming historical drama The Many Saints of Newark adds two new cast members with both Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen now attached to The Sopranos prequel movie. In the past week, the iconic HBO series has returned to the spotlight with numerous 20th anniversary events.
Throughout its six-season run from 1999 to 2007, The Sopranos set the bar for 'prestige" TV. In 2013, series star James Gandolfini passed away suddenly at age 51, thus ending discussions about a narrative continuation while raising questions about a possible prequel. Last year, The Sopranos creator David Chase confirmed that The Many Saints of Newark had begun development for a story about race relations during the 1967 Newark riots, and that Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor would helm the movie. Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) also directed nine episodes of The Sopranos.


Per Variety, Magnussen has officially joined The Many Saints of Newark cast, while the veteran actor Stoll is reportedly still in final talks. In recent years, Magnussen has compiled as impressive list of acting credits, appearing in high profile films like The Big Short, Game Night, and the upcoming Netflix film Velvet Buzzsaw, all the while appearing in hit televisions shows such as Black Mirror, American Crime Story, and Maniac. As for Stoll, he’s similarly balanced feature film work with strong television roles, as he’s known for standout performances in shows like The Strain and House of Cards, along with movies such as Ant-Man and First Man.




Yesterday, The Punisher and The Walking Dead actor Jon Bernthal joined The Many Saints of Newark cast, along with Vera Farmiga - the mother of actress Taissa Farmiga and star of both The Conjuring franchise and the former A&E series Bates Motel. As more details come to light about The Sopranos’ prequel, Chase has remained relatively quiet about the character specifics. This past week, he’s made appearances in New York City to celebrate The Sopranos’ legacy and influence on streaming-era television. Earlier this month, a young Tony Soprano character was confirmed for The Many Saints of Newark’s 1967 narrative, though it’s unclear who will portray the mobster-in-the-making. In recent weeks, HBO has ramped up the hype for returning 2019 series like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies, with The Sopranos headlines creating even more buzz for the network.

While many gangster movies emphasize violence and archetype cliches, Chase is known for his smart narrative threads. The Many Saints of Newark will undoubtedly be a potent blend of cultural commentary and Sopranos’ nostalgia, and the new cast additions will appeal to various demographics.
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‘Sopranos’ Prequel Movie Cast Adds Familiar Wiseguy Ray Liotta




Ray Liotta is going back to his mob movie roots. The GoodFellas actor is the latest name to join the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark. There’s no word on who Liotta is playing, but there’s a full-circle element to this casting. Back when The Sopranos was still in development, Liotta was considered to play the lead of Tony Soprano. The actor turned the part down, however, because he wanted to focus on films. The role eventually went to James Gandolfini, and the rest is TV history.

Deadline broke the news about Ray Liotta joining the Sopranos prequel movie cast. This makes Liotta the 27th actor from GoodFellas to join the world of The Sopranos, believe it or not. [Editor’s note: that’s not a joke!] Of course, the most prominent was Lorraine Bracco, who played Dr. Melfi on the series and Liotta’s wife in GoodFellas.
“I am thrilled to be working with David Chase and Alan Taylor on The Many Saints of Newark,” Liotta said. “David’s talent is unmatched and the directing of Alan Taylor makes this even more exciting. I respect them both immensely and look forward to making this special project with New Line.”
Adding Liotta to the mix is a great choice, as he’ll fit in perfectly with this world. He joins a cast that includes Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Corey Stoll, and Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini. The younger Gandolfini is playing the young Tony Soprano in the movie, which is “set in the era of the Newark riots in the ’60s, when African Americans and Italian Americans in the city were at each other’s throats. That clash became lethal when it spread to gangsters of each group.”
Veteran Sopranos director Alan Taylor is helming the film, while Sopranos creator David Chase is handling the script. “I’m still very worried about [returning to the Sopranos], but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place,” Chase said previously. “I started thinking about those events and organized crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements.”
Beyond the brief synopsis above, specific details about The Many Saints of Newark are being kept under wraps. We do know that several characters from The Sopranos will likely appear, and we also know that Alessandro Nivola is playing Dickie Moltisanti, father of Sopranos main character Christopher Moltisanti (played by yet another GoodFellas cast member, Michael Imperioli).
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‘Sopranos’ Prequel Cast Adds ‘Umbrella Academy’ Actor John Magaro




The Sopranos prequel cast keeps growing, and this time, it’s added a familiar face from David Chase‘s past career. John Magaro, who starred in the Chase-directed 2012 movie Not Fade Away, is the latest addition to the impressive line-up. As is the case with most of the cast, we have no idea who he’s playing. Magaro has credits in films such as The Big Short, Carol, and can currently be seen on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.



Deadline broke the news about John Magaro joining the Sopranos prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark. Magaro isn’t quite as recognizable as the rest of the cast, but he’s done solid work in Carol, The Big Short, Overlord, and Not Fade Away, the feature film from Sopranos creator David Chase which also starred Sopranos star James Gandolfini. Magaro recently appeared in Netflix’s superhero series The Umbrella Academy, and also gave a brief but memorable turn in Amazon’s Jack Ryan series as a morally conflicted drone pilot.


As has been the case with almost all of the Many Saints of Newark casting so far, details about Magaro’s character are being kept a secret. He joins Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen and Michael Gandolfini. Of that line-up, we only have confirmation on two people: Nivola is playing Dickie Moltisanti, father of Sopranos character Christopher Moltistanti. And Gandolfini, who is the son of the late James Gandolfini, is playing the younger version of Tony Soprano.


The Many Saints of Newark is “set in the era of the Newark riots in the 1960s, when African Americans and Italian Americans in the city were at each other’s throats. That clash became lethal when it spread to gangsters of each group. Several Sopranos characters are expected to be part of the mix, with Gandolfini to play the younger version of his dad’s character Tony Soprano.”


Chase co-wrote the script with Lawrence Konner, and Sopranos series director Alan Taylor is helming. I’m still not 100% sold on this whole thing. I love The Sopranos, and I’m glad Chase is involved with the film. But returning to the well for a prequel doesn’t strike me as the best idea. But no matter the case, I’m definitely going to end up seeing this thing, and I hope to be impressed when I do.


There’s currently no release date set for The Many Saints of Newark, but it’s expected to arrive sometime in 2020.
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Sopranos Prequel Film Gets a Release Date and a New Title






The feature-length prequel to the hit HBO series The Sopranos was given both a release date and a name change. Originally titled The Many Saints of Newark, the newer and shorter title of simply Newark will make its theatrical debut on Sept. 25, 2020.


Currently, the plot of the film is unknown, but it the film is said to take place in New Jersey during the Newark riots of the 1960s. During that time, African-American and Italian-American gangs were at odds with each other.

The film will be directed by Alan Taylor, who is no stranger to directing shows for HBO. Besides directing nine episodes of The Sopranos, Taylor also directed six episodes of Sex and the City, four episodes of Bored to Death and seven episodes of Game of Thrones. Taylor also directed the 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World after Patty Jenkins dropped out.




Newark sports an impressive cast playing younger versions of the actors who appeared on the television show when it ran for 86 episodes on HBO from 1999-2007. Alesandro Nivola, who appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2016 film The Neon Demon, will play the younger version of Christopher Moltisanti's father, Dickie Moltisanti. The younger version of Tony Soprano will be played by Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini. It is not known if members of the original cast will be making any appearances in the film.


Ray Liotta also recently joined the film's cast. Liotta was initially offered the role of Tony Soprano, but turned it down because he was not interested in being on a television series at the time. Liotta later was offered the role of Ralph "Ralphie" Cifaretto, but he also declined that role. Eventually the part was played by Joe Pantoliano, and he would go on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2003.


If it seems strange that The Sopranos prequel is a film and not a television series, it makes more sense when you look at how the show began. Originally The Sopranos was pitched as a feature film by series creator David Chase. The name change from The Many Saints of Newark to just Newark also falls in line with the original Sopranos series, which originally was going to use the name Made In New Jersey. The Sopranos became the first cable television series to win the Emmy award for Outstanding Drama Series.
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‘Sopranos’ Prequel Cast Adds ‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr.




What’s that? You thought casting on the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark was over and done with? Think again! Leslie Odom Jr., who won a Tony award for playing Aaron Burr in Hamilton, is the latest name to climb aboard the movie. As has been the case for most of the casting surrounding this film, Odom Jr.’s role is being kept a secret. More on the Sopranos prequel movie cast below.

Deadline broke the news about Leslie Odom Jr. joining The Many Saints of Newark cast. The actor joins Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro and Michael Gandolfini in the film, which is set against the backdrop of the 1960s Newark riots, when African-Americans and Italian-Americans were clashing.
While it’s yet to be confirmed who Odom Jr. is playing, Deadline says that they’ve “heard that Odom figures directly into that conflict which involves Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola), who is the father of Tony Soprano’s lieutenant Christopher (played in the series by Michael Imperioli).” Besides Nivola, the only other actor in the cast who has had their part confirmed is Michael Gandolfini. Gandolfini is the son of late actor James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano on the original series. Michael will be playing the younger version of his father’s character.
David Chase, who created the influential television series, is penning the Many Saints script, along with Lawrence Konner. Alan Taylor, who helmed several Sopranos episodes (as well as Thor: The Dark World), is directing. When the project was first announced, Chase admitted he was hesitant to return to the world of The Sopranos, but eventually relented:
“I’m still very worried about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place…I started thinking about those events and organized crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements.”
The Sopranos ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007, helping give birth to the era we now commonly refer to as “peak TV.” It was one of the first shows that dared to have such a murderous protagonist, and without it, we would’ve never had shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. It remains as good today as it ever was, and while I have some skepticism that the magic of the original series can be recaptured, I’m willing to see what Chase and company have up their sleeves for The Many Saints of Newark. Adding Odom Jr. into the mix certainly doesn’t hurt, as he’s immensely talented.
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'The Sopranos' Prequel Casts Michela De Rossi in Lead Role



The Sopranos' upcoming prequel film The Many Saints of Newark has slowly been assembling its cast over the past few months. The Punisher's Jon Bernthal, James Gandolfini's son Michael, Leslie Odom Jr., and even Ray Liotta have all been announced in various roles. Now, though, the film has cast its final lead role with the Italian-born actress Michela De Rossi signing on.
According to Deadline, De Rossi is set to play "an ambitious Italian immigrant who comes to America and settles in Newark." The role will mark the first role for De Rossi in the United States and the report notes that her audition for the role was the first time she'd even been in the United States. De Rossi has previously appeared in the film Boys Cry as well as the Italian television series I topi (The Rats).
The film takes place during the Newark riots in the 1960s and will set the stage for the beginning of The Sopranos, which first premiered back in 1999. More specifically, the plot of the film will focus on the character Dickie Moltisanti, who was mentioned quite a bit in the original series but never actually shown. The lead is set to be played by Alessandro Nivola.
The Sopranos is considered by many as the greatest television series of all time. Over the course of its run, the show won 21 Emmy Awards and secured 111 nominations. It is widely credited as helping to establish the model that many premium cable series are based on now, such as other HBO series including Deadwood, Westworld, and Game of Thrones.
One of the more interesting aspects of the film is the casting of Michael Gandolfini as a young Tony Soprano. As fans of the landmark HBO series will recall, James Gandolfini originated the now-iconic role, but sadly passed away in 2013. For Michael, getting to play the role is a unique way to honor his father's legacy.

"It's a profound honor to continue my dad's legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano," Gandolfini said after he had signed onto the role. "I'm thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chace and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark."
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Michael Gandolfini didn’t watch ‘The Sopranos’ until he was cast in prequel



Michael Gandolfini says that before stepping into his late father’s role of Tony Soprano for the upcoming “Sopranos” prequel movie, he had to watch the iconic series for the first time — which was extremely difficult.


“The funny thing is, before the audition, I had never watched a minute of ‘The Sopranos,'” Gandolfini, 19, said in a new interview with Esquire. “I was just a kid when he was making it. I would go to the set and ask him what it was about, and he’d say, ‘Oh, it’s about this guy who’s in the mob and kind of goes to therapy.'”



The actor, who was born in 1999, the year the original series premiered, admitted the hardest part was watching it for the first time.


“It was an intense process. Because, as an actor, I had to watch this guy who created the role, to look for mannerisms, voice, all those things I would have to echo. But then I’d also be seeing my father,” Gandolfini said. “I think what made it so hard was I had to do it alone. I was just sitting alone in my dark apartment, watching my dad all the time. I started having crazy dreams. I had one where I auditioned for David [E. Chase] and I looked down at my hands, and they were my dad’s hands.”


It was James Gandolfini’s sudden passing in 2013 from a heart attack at age 51 that propelled Michael into acting, he revealed.


“From the first day, I fell in love with it. It actually started my grieving process with my dad,” he said.


HBO’s “Sopranos” prequel, titled “The Many Saints of Newark,” is set to be released in 2020.
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