James Gandolfini's Son Lands Lead Role In Soprano Prequel Movie

Celebs January 24, 2019 By Hugo

The crime drama The Sopranos is one of the world's most beloved tv shows, so fans were understandably excited when it was announced that a prequel exploring the roots of the family's mafia roots was in the works.

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It was also confirmed that the cast would include the same characters, with the storyline taking place only a few years earlier.

Sadly, Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, is no longer with us, but the legendary character will live on in the form of his very own son.

Yes, the actor's son Michael had landed a prominent role as boss of The Many Saints of Newark.

While the skeptics may point to nepotism Deadline reports that Michael enthralled the casting directors by imitating his dad's on-screen mannerisms.

"It's a profound honor to continue my dad's legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano," Gandolfini said when speaking to Deadline.

"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."

Returning cast members include Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll.

The premise of the much-anticipated prequel will centre around the Newark riots during the 1960s. These riots also had racial connotations, with many African-American and Italian-American gangsters at war with one another.

The popular series was watched by millions at its peak and won 21 Emmy awards and five Golden Globes during its 8-year run. 

Along with the likes of Breaking Bad, The Wire, and Game of Thrones, The Sopranos is considered one of America's finest tv shows.

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