James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini (The Deuce), is set to walk in his father’s footsteps. Per Deadline‘s report, Michael will star as the young Tony Soprano in the upcoming prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, twenty years after his father debuted the iconic role.
Earlier this month, show creator David Chase revealed a few details about the role Gandolfini will now assume. Talking to Deadline, he stated that young Tony will be a central force in the film, while 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 said. “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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