‘The Sopranos’ Prequel: ‘Many Saints of Newark’ Trailer Reveals Michael Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

  • Michael Gandolifini plays young Tony Soprano, the role made famous by his late father James Gandolfini.
  • “The Many Saints of Newark” trailer is the first view of “The Sopranos” prequel.
  • “The Many Saints of Newark” will open in theaters October 1 (and streams on HBO Max)In the first trailer for “The Many Saints of Newark” Michael Gandolifini starred as young Tony Soprano, the role made famous by his late father James Gandolfini on the seminal HBO series “The Sopranos”.

    The “Sopranos” prequel, produced and co-written by creator David Chase, focuses on Tony’s early years and his influential relationship with Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), father of Michael Imperioli’s “Sopranos” charity, Christopher Molteni.

    “Legends are not born, they are made,” sounds the trailer as Dickie steers the impressive Tony, who is aspiring to college, in the direction of underworld life. Dickie even explains how to use “hot speakers”.

    “You’re using the loudspeakers correctly, and at the same time you say to yourself: ‘This is the last time I’ll steal something” ”, Dickie. “As simple as that.”

    “Sopranos” return: The characters come to the mob prequel “The Many Saints of Newark”

    Junior (Corey Stoll, left), Livia (Vera Farmiga), Johnny (Jon Bernthal) and Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) meet with Joanne (Gabriella La Piazza) and Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola) in the upcoming “The Many Saints of Newark . ” . “.”
    It solidifies the mindset for Tony Soprano’s long, tormented criminal Ampliaz. Tony’s legendary temperament is already evident in the first moments when he punishes a mocking child, while the older Gandolfini can be heard in the voice-over of “Sopranos”: “When I was a child, types were again miraculous”

    Tony’s emergence comes as rival gangsters challenge the power of the powerful DiMeo criminal family over the increasingly racial city in one of Newark’s most tumultuous eras.

    Among the cast, Vera Farmiga immediately stands out as the younger Livia Soprano, the sour-tongued, dysfunctional mother who is memorably played by Nancy Marchand in the original series.

    When a career counselor tells her that her son with school problems has a high IQ, Livia stiffens. “You can’t prove it from me, he has a D-plus average,” she says before snorting at his leadership potential.

    Even when Ray Liottta’s “Hollywood Dick” Moltisanti warns his son Dickie to “stay out of” Tony’s life, the violent protégé’s future is clear. The last moment of the trailer turns into the title track of “The Sopranos”.

    Leslie Odom Jr. (as Harold McBrayer), Jon Bernthal (as Johnny Soprano), Corey Stoll (as Junior Soprano), Billy Magnussen (as Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri), John Magaro (as Silvio Dante) and the Italian actress Michela De Rossi completes the cast.

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