Some light has been shed on the characters featuring in the upcoming Sopranos prequel film.
It has been widely reported that The Many Saints of Newark, a Sopranos prequel movie, is set to hit our TV screens next year. HBO first announced it back in March, approximately eleven years after HBO aired the final episode of the iconic mafia series.
Many of the characters from the original show will appear in the film as younger, re-cast versions of themselves. The time-period indicates there will be a focus on the ‘dealings’ of Tony Soprano’s father, Giovanni ‘Johnny Boy’ Soprano, the former captain of the Soprano crew, and his wife Livia.
Most importantly, a young Tony Soprano will serve as the main protagonist of the film, which will have a timeline spanning just under a decade. It will start with a 9-year-old Tony, described as a passionate Yankees fan, and later showing a 16-year-old version of the future mob boss, who’s a long-haired “budding linebacker” on the school’s football team. Obviously multiple actors will be playing the role. According to the timeline set by the former HBO series, the events of the prequel film will be set between 1968 and 1975.
Another returning character will be Dickie Moltisanti, the first cousin of Tony’s wife, Carmela. Dickie’s role in the show is apparently minor, although his death brings about a key storyline by having Tony become close to his son, Christopher. Dickie is described as Tony’s ‘uncle’ in the film.
The fact that Dickie Moltisanti will be included suggests that the pre-mentioned Christopher Moltisanti (‘Chrissy’– originally portrayed in The Sopranos by Michael Imperioli) will have a substantial role as a young hood in the making. It is also reported that ‘Aldo Moltisanti’ – who is the ‘grandfather’ of both boys, will also feature, and is described as an ‘elegant wiseguy.’
David Chase, the original Sopranos creator, has written the script which will be set during the 1960’s Newark, New Jersey riots.
Reports from earlier this year indicate that Alan Taylor has been confirmed as the director. Taylor is best known for his role in directing episodes of Mad Men and Game of Thrones, and nine episodes of The Sopranos, for one of which he received an Emmy.
Details about the release date are currently being kept under wraps, but fans should expect the film in late 2019.