Ray Liotta is the latest ‘Goodfellas’ alum to join the upcoming prequel to ‘The Sopranos’ titled ‘The Many Saints of Newark’…
It’s hard to believe Ray Liotta never had a cameo appearance in ‘The Sopranos’ but now he’ll have a chance to join the mob family after all.
The veteran actor best known for his iconic role in the film ‘Goodfellas’ has been cast in the upcoming prequel film to ‘The Sopranos’ titled ‘The Many Saints of Newark’.
While there’s no word on his role, Liotta will be joining a star-studded cast including Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Corey Stoll, and Michael — who will be playing the iconic role of Tony Soprano originated by his father James Gandolfini. ‘The Sopranos’ creator David Chase penned the script with Alan Taylor set to direct the film after he helmed many episodes on the original series.
“I am thrilled to be working with David Chase and Alan Taylor on The Many Saints of Newark,” Liotta told Deadline. “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.”
The plot for ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ remains under wraps but what we do know is that the film takes place during a turbulent time in Newark, New Jersey when the Italian mafia and the local African-American community were at odds, often times resulting in violence.
Many of the famous faces from the original series are expected to pop up in this prequel so it’s possible Liotta could be playing a famous ‘Sopranos’ character already.
Liotta is also the latest cast member from ‘Goodfellas’ to join ‘The Sopranos’ family after numerous past appearances including Lorraine Bracco, who played Liotta’s wife in the mob classic movie, as well as Michael Imperioli, Frank Vincent, Tony Sirico, Tony Lip, and Vincent Pastore.
Filming on ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ is expected to start this spring with a release date still to be determined.