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With groundbreaking TV series The Sopranos celebrating its 20th anniversary, show creator David Chase has shared a few details with Deadline about the upcoming prequel feature film, The Many Saints of Newark.

During the conversation, Chase revealed that a young Tony Soprano is going to play a pretty central role, and a large part of the narrative will focus on the racial tensions between African-Americans and Italian-Americans in Newark, New Jersey in the ’70s.

“I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time,” Chase told Deadline. “I used to go 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.”

The Many Saints of Newark has been co-written by Chase and Sopranos alum Lawrence Konner, with Alan Taylor (The Sopranos, Mad Men, Game of Thrones) directing. Alessandro Nivola has been cast as Dickie Moltisanti, father of The Sopranos‘ Christopher.

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