Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, is set to play a young Tony Soprano in the upcoming film The Many Saints of Newark, according to Deadline. The film is a prequel to the HBO series The Sopranos.
James Gandolfini passed away in 2013 after winning a number of awards for the role of Tony Soprano. Michael Gandolfini is known for his work in the HBO series The Deuce. He also appeared in a small role in Ocean’s Eight. According to the site, there was a long audition process for the role of the future mob boss.
The film takes place in the 1960s, when riots swept through Newark, New Jersey and conflicts between African-American and Italian residents were at their worst. A few of the characters from The Sopranos are expected to appear in the movie.
Alan Taylor will direct the movie for New Line Cinema. Taylor, who directed nine episodes of the series, has credits that include TV shows Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Boardwalk Empire, and feature films Terminator Genisys and Thor: The Dark World.
David Chase, creator of the series, wrote the script for The Many Saints of Newark with Lawrence Konner. Chase will produce and Nicole Lambert will executive produce.
What do you guys think of Michael Gandolfini taking on the role of a young Tony Soprano? Are you excited for The Many Saints of Newark? What moments would you like to see from Tony’s life? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.