The cast of The Many Saints of Newark praises the actors who starred in The Sopranos in a new video. The upcoming prequel film is set in the 1960s and ’70s, focusing on the real-life 1967 riots that took place in Newark. The movie will offer audiences a chance to revisit many of their favorite characters from The Sopranos for the first time since the series ended in 2007. Young Tony Soprano will aptly be played by Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini, who originated the role. Other returning characters include Giovanni “Johnny Boy” Soprano (Jon Bernthal), Livia Soprano (Vera Farmiga), and Silvio Dante (John Magaro).
The Many Saints of Newark also features a familiar creative team. It was scripted by David Chase, who created The Sopranos, along with Lawrence Konner, who wrote on the series. Alan Taylor directs the film after having helmed several episodes of the show throughout its run. The Many Saints of Newark releases in theaters on October 1 and will also be available for the first month on HBO Max. Critics who have already seen the film seem to approve so far, as it’s received largely positive reviews.
Warner Bros. continues to promote The Many Saints of Newark as its release approaches, now with a video featuring the movie’s cast and creative team. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at the film alongside sitdowns with some of its actors. They discuss the challenges of playing some of TV’s most iconic characters and praise The Sopranos cast. Check out the video below:
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As some comments made in the video suggest, it’s no easy task to play beloved characters like those on The Sopranos. Any actor wants to make a role their own, but there is an expectation from the audience that the younger versions of the characters will feel familiar and not undo anything established in The Sopranos. Luckily, real people change over time in big and more subtle ways, so some discrepancies between the younger and older versions of the characters will likely be overlooked by viewers.
In fact, for some, one of The Many Saints of Newark‘s biggest draws is getting to see new interpretations and spins on the characters. There’s a lot of anticipation surrounding Michael Gandolfini’s performance in particular due to his real-life relationship with the original actor. Hopefully, The Many Saints of Newark is a satisfying return to the show’s world for longtime viewers and an exciting story for new ones.