It has been 20 years since The Sopranos first debuted on HBO and changed TV forever, winning 21 Emmys and being considered by many to be the best show ever made. And while the show may have ended over a decade ago, there is a planned prequel movie that will focus on a young Tony Soprano as he made a name for himself as a rising gangster in New Jersey. And while little is known about the details of the movie at this point but fans will be excited to hear that the role of young Tony will be played by Michael Gandolfini, the 19-year-old son of the late James, who played Tony in the original HBO series.
Obviously, Michael will be filling massive shoes by taking on his dad’s most iconic role, as James won three Emmys for his brilliant portrayal of the troubled New Jersey mob boss. Is Michael up to the task? Only time will tell but, at the very least, he clearly looks the part, as Michael is a spitting image of his old man. Michael’s resume is limited at this point but he did play a supporting role in the most recent season of HBO’s The Deuce and also had a small part in Ocean’s 8 last summer. This isn’t the first time a relatively inexperienced actor has embraced their dad’s legacy, most notably O’Shea Jackson Jr. playing a young Ice Cube in the biopic 2015 Straight Outta Compton.
“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Michael Gandolfini told 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.”
The upcoming prequel, titled The Many Saints of Newark, was co-written by Sopranos creator David Chase and Lawrence Conner, who wrote for the original series. Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World) is slated to direct the film. Billy Magnussen, Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Corey Stoll have been attached to act in The Many Saints of Newark, which will reportedly take place during the Newark Riots in the 60s.