James Gandolfini’s son Michael to play young Tony Soprano in prequel | Ents & Arts News

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James Gandolfini’s son is to continue his legacy by playing a young Tony Soprano in the much anticipated prequel.

Currently in development, The Many Saints Of Newark is a movie spin-off to the show that became one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of the past 20 years.

It will give fans a glimpse into the formative years of gangster Tony Soprano.

James, who died in 2013, aged 51, is revered for his portrayal of the New Jersey mob boss, a role which earned him several Emmys and a Golden Globe award.

Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, with his crew in an early publicity shot from the TV series
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The Sopranos is widely considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time

Now it has been confirmed that Michael Gandolfini, who is best known for his role in The Deuce, will play the role in the prequel to HBO’s mafia drama.

Michael, 19, said: “It’s a profound honour to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano.


“I’m thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints Of Newark.”

Sopranos creator Chase is leading the film, which will also star Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga and Jon Bernthal.

Robert Iler, Michael Gandolfini and Jamie-Lynn Sigler attend the 'The Sopranos' 20th Anniversary Panel Discussion at SVA Theater on January 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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Michael Gandolfini (centre) joined original cast members for The Sopranos anniversary

It is understood filmmakers carried out an extensive audition process while casting for the role of young Tony, and decided on Michael due to his understanding of the character as well as his resemblance to his father.

The Many Saints Of Newark is set during the Newark race riots of the 1960s and focuses on the character of Dickie Moltisanti as he mentors Tony.

It is expected there will be a crossover with The Sopranos, which ran for six seasons from 1999 to 2007.

Earlier this month, some of the original Sopranos cast reunited to celebrate its 20th anniversary.


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