A familiar face will portray a young Tony Soprano in ‘The Sopranos’ prequel movie as James Gandolfini’s son will take up the role his father made famous…
The highly anticipated prequel to ‘The Sopranos’ titled ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ has just cast young Tony Soprano and it’s a familiar face in the role.
Michael Gandolfini — son to James Gandolfini, who portrayed Tony Soprano for seven season while racking up three Emmy awards for his performance as Tony Soprano — will play the younger version of the character in the upcoming prequel movie.
Sadly, James Gandolfini passed away in 2013 but now his son will carry on his legacy by playing a young Tony Soprano in ‘The Sopranos’ prequel that takes place in the late 1960’s amidst rising racial tensions in New Jersey that eventually lead to the Newark Riots.
Michael Gandolfini has been acting for a few years but landed his biggest role to date when he played a recurring character on the HBO series ‘The Deuce’ after joining the show during season 2.
Now he will step into his father’s shoes to play a young Tony Soprano. who will have a major role in ‘The Sopranos’ prequel as he’s been mentored by Dickie Moltisanti (played by Alessandro Nivola) while his father Johnny Boy Soprano does time in prison.
Several other roles in the film have been cast including Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal and Corey Stoll, although the parts each of them are playing are being kept under wraps with production on ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ expected to kick off later this year.
‘The Sopranos’ creator David Chase penned the script for the movie with Alan Taylor set to direct after he helmed several famous episodes of the HBO series during its initial run on television.