After being postponed to 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the pre-sequence for “ The Sopranos, ” titled “ The Many Saints of Newark, ” has changed again.
Production, which would hit the big screen in March 2021, will now launch in the second half of the year. As announced by New Line Cinema, via Variety magazine, the feature will premiere on September 24.
In the film, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) plays Giovanni Francis “Johnny Boy” Soprano, father of crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), originally played by Joseph Siravo in six episodes of the HBO series.
Vera Farmiga (Invocation of Evil), in a role originally played by Nancy Marchand, stars as Giovanni’s wife and Tony’s mother Livia Soprano.
The cast also includes Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti, father of DiMeo family member Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) – in the series ‘The Sopranos’, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro, Leslie Odom Jr. , Joey Diaz and Ray Liotta.
Alan Taylor (‘Thor: The Dark World’) will be responsible for directing the feature film. The director already knows this universe, having directed several episodes of the series.
The plot will take place in the 1960s, showing the struggle of African Americans against Italian families. Although unconfirmed, the production is expected to feature younger versions of the show’s characters.
The show’s creator, David Chase, will be responsible for the script.
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