The ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Movie Will Feature a Young Tony Soprano

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 11, 2019

The character was much more than some monosyllabic mob boss; when we first met Tony, he was suffering from panic attacks and a hard family life (often, problems of his own making), and the David Chase-led show managed to masterfully meld his mental processes with the unconventional life he was living as the head of the Soprano Crime Family in New Jersey. The film, titled The Many Saints of Newark, features Alessandro Nivola playing Dickie Moltisanti (father of Christopher Moltisanti).

"Dickie, as he's mentioned throughout the "Sopranos" series, was an important figure in Tony's life", Nivola said.

Chase will produce The Many Saints of Newark and has written the script with The Sopranos writer Lawrence Konner.

Now, Chase has provided a little more insight into the movie. "I started thinking about those events and organized crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements". "The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid".

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Sepinwall: When you said there was an end point, you don't mean Tony at Holsten's, you just meant, "I think I have two more years" worth of stories left in me'. Falco, who played Tony's long-suffering wife Carmela, spoke about the HBO show's anniversary and Gandolfini's absence.

Some of the cast gathered Wednesday for a panel discussion at New York's SVA Theatre in honor of the show's 20th anniversary. But Chase became more interested in the project as a way of looking back at his own personal history.

Speaking about his motivation to return to the series after all this time, Chase told Deadline, "I was against [the movie] for a long time and I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place". However, when audiences were introduced to Soprano and his gang of mobsters, it was one of the first times that a leading TV character was not a "good guy".

For those unfamiliar, "The Sopranos" ended its run in 2007 with a scene that's been talked about ever since. As great as the supporting cast, and the writing, and the directing were on the series, Gandolfini's iconic performance is what really made the show special. Let us know in the comments.

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