What do we know about “The Many Saints of Newark”, the prequel film of The Sopranos, whose very first images were revealed last week by the HBO Max platform?
It is an understatement to say that The Many Saints of Newark is particularly awaited by fans of the Sopranos: written by David Chase, the prequel film of the HBO series will set its action in the 60s, a time when New Jersey was shaken by strong tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities. While the first images were unveiled last week by the HBO Max platform, here is everything we know about the feature film signed Alan Taylor (also director of several episodes of the series).
Tony Soprano is played in the film by Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini. The character will however have a secondary role in the plot since the main protagonist of The Many Saints of Newark will be Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), the father of Christopher (Moltisanti is the Italian translation of “Many Saints”). Other characters from the series will also appear in the series such as Uncle Junior (Corey Stoll), Silvio (John Magaro) and Paulie (Billy Magnussen). Finally Livia Soprano, Tony’s mother, is played by Vera Farmiga.
Among the new faces, Giovanni Soprano, Tony’s father, who had only appeared through flashback on the series, will be played by Jon Bernthal. Finally, Ray Liotta will hold a role for the moment kept secret; Remember that the main actor of Goodfellas was David Chase’s number 1 choice to play Tony Soprano before the role finally fell to James Gandolfini.
Despite its obvious ties to the series, The Many Saints of Newark strictly speaking will not be a movie The Sopranos, since the plot will focus above all on the race riots of 1967, an event which strongly marked the youth of David Chase. “For a long time I was against the idea of a film, and I still am today, but I was passionate about the city of Newark, where my parents are from, and the riots that take place there. I was living in a small town in New Jersey at the time, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark. I got interested in the riots in Newark, I thought about those events and the organized crime stories, and the idea occurred to me to combine those two elements. “ he said about the film to our colleagues from Deadline in January 2019.
Shot in spring 2019, The Many Saints of Newark should have been released last September. Postponed due to Covid-19, the film will finally be released on September 24, both in theaters and streaming on HBO Max in the United States, and on November 10 in France (exclusively in theaters).