James Gandolfini’s Son Cast As Tony in ‘The Sopranos’ New Film

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Creator of The forthcoming Sopranos movie David Chase has revealed that James Gandolfini’s son Michael is set to play a young Tony Soprano. The prequel film will explore Tony Soprano’s youth.

The film is called The Many Saints of Newark and its set 11 years on from the conclusion of the much loved HBO crime drama series. David Chase revealed that the show will still feature its central character Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). However, Tony will be played by Gandolfini’s 19-year-old son Michael who has now been officially cast.

 

Michael Gandolfini said in a statement, “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.

Speaking to Deadline via the NME, Chase discussed why he was setting the show in the 1960’s. “I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time.I used to go to 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.”

Chase talked about the backdrop of the show, “The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites [in New Jersey] at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid.”

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