It has been 14 years since the Emmy Award-winning series The Sopranos ended its six-season run on HBO. Considered one of the greatest series of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, The Sopranos has been credited for bringing back the mafia genre in pop culture. Now, New Line Cinemas and Warner Bros. Pictures have released the trailer for The Many Saints of Newark, a feature film prequel surrounding the rise of Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini).
If that last name looks familiar, it’s because it is. Michael Gandolfini is the son of the late James Gandolfini, who originated the role of Tony Soprano in the HBO series. Michael will play the young version of the character as the film is set in the late 1960s, including the wake of the 1967 Newark Riots, to the 1970s and sets up the rise of Tony’s power. The film will also introduce a capo to the DiMeo crime family, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who is Tony’s uncle and father to Christopher Moltisanti.
In the trailer, there are some Easter Eggs from The Sopranos universe, including the Satriale’s Pork Store, the mention of Tony’s high IQ, and the Virgin Mary. We also see Tony and his friend roughing up the Bungalow Bar ice cream guy, which may be Tony’s way of getting back at John Gotti for taking the last Bungalow Bar truck. So many potential stories told by Tony from The Sopranos could be shown in this film. Hopefully, there will be a creepy version of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, the last song we heard from the HBO series before the scene cut to black.
The Many Saints of Newark, produced by The Sopranos creator David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, will be in theaters on September 24 and on HBO Max for 31 days following theatrical release. The cast also includes Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michaela De Rossi, John Magaro, with Ray Liotta and Vera Farmiga.
Check out the trailer below: