Nineteen-year-old Michael Gandolfini (“The Deuce”), son of the late James Gandolfini, has been set to play the younger version of his father’s most iconic role – Tony Soprano.
“The Sopranos” creator David Chase has cast the younger Gandolfini as the man who will become the New Jersey organized crime family boss in HBO’s series “The Sopranos” in his upcoming prequel movie “The Many Saints of Newark” at New Line.
The actor’s screen presence, mastery of the characters mannerisms, and his resemblance to the elder Gandolfini made him the standout choice for the role as no one else who tried out “understood the character better”.
Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen and Corey Stoll lead the cast of the film which is set against the backdrop of the 1960s Newark riots when African Americans and Italians of that city were at each other’s throats.
The action focuses on Dickie Moltisanti, a mentor to young Tony as his own father, Johnny Boy, was grooming his son on a pathway to organized crime prominence. Alan Taylor helms the film which Chase penned.