'The Sopranos' prequel movie has found its ensemble cast for 'The Many Saints of Newark.' The final piece of the puzzle has been filled, with a family connection for a young Tony Soprano coming in handy.
A younger version of the late, great, James Gandolfini's character has been found, and the apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree. That's right, his son Michael Gandolfini has been cast in the role of a young Tony Soprano for the prequel.
Deadline reports that after "an extensive audition process" who would take the role of the young Tony Soprano was a no-brainer. Michael Gandolfini is said to have impressed the casting team, with insiders saying that "his screen presence, mastery of Tony’s mannerisms, coupled with his resemblance to the elder Gandolfini made him the standout choice for the role because no one there understood the character better."
If you haven't heard of Gandolfini before, don't worry as he only made his debut last year. He appeared in 'Ocean's Eight' as a bus boy, but his big break came in the form of James Franco's TV series 'The Deuce,' appearing in five episodes as Joey Dwyer.
Speaking on his new role, the actor 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’m 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'."
Gandolfini will join the ensemble of Alessandro Nivola ('American Hustle'), Vera Farmiga ('The Front Runner'), Jon Bernthal ('The Punisher'), Billy Magnussen ('Maniac') and Corey Stoll ('The Strain'). David Chase, original writer of 'The Sopranos,' has written the script with Lawrence Konner, and Alan Taylor ('Thor: The Dark World') will direct.
Filming on the prequel movie is believed to begin very soon; a 2020 release in cinemas is expected.