Can you believe The Sopranos has been off the air since 2007? HBO’s groundbreaking mob series continues to have a tremendous impact on the TV landscape. It became the standard-bearer for prestige drama, and like many of the network’s popular shows, fans hoped for a big-screen continuation. Well, they’re getting it all of this time later with The Many Saints of Newark, except it’s not a sequel but a prequel.
The biggest draw for The Sopranos fans may be the casting. The late James Gandolfini’s son Michael is playing a younger version of Tony Soprano in 1960s Newark. Along with his pals Paulie and Silvio, they must navigate a tense time with race riots and rival gangsters attacking the DiMeo crime family.
Playing Paulie Walnuts is Billy Magnussen, with John Magaro as Silvio, Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti, Jon Bernthal as Johnny Boy Soprano, plus Leslie Odom Jr., Corey Stoll, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga as Livia Soprano.
Behind the camera is Alan Taylor, known for directing Thor: The Dark World and a handful of Sopranos episodes. The series’ creator David Chase co-wrote the script, as well.
The Many Saints of Newark opens in theaters and HBO Max on September 24th.