It’s been quite a while since the godfather of prestige TV went off the air not with a bang, but with a black screen. The Sopranos changed television forever, and ushered in both the modern golden age of television and the era of the antihero, paving the way for shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire, Mad Men, and more.
James Gandolfini passed away prematurely a few years ago, which forever eradicated the idea of a sequel – not that creator David Chase seems like the sequel kind of guy. But Gandolfini had a son, and he’s following in his footsteps and literally stepping into his shoes as young Tony Soprano in Chase’s prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark.
The long-awaited movie is finally being released this year, and we’ve finally gotten a first look at Michael Gandolfini as a teenage Tony, caught between school, the mob — via his uncle Dickie, and his mother (Vera Farmiga). The kid definitely resembles – and even sounds like – his formidable father, and he’s got a heck of a cast – including Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, and Ray Liotta – surrounding him as the Sopranos makes its way back to the screen.
The official synopsis:
Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.
The Many Saints of Newark hits theaters – and HBO Max – on October 1st. Check out the trailer: