The trailer to The Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, is finally here — and it offers a glance at James Gandolfini's son, Michael, as young Tony Soprano.
Warner Bros. Pictures released a montage promoting several of their upcoming films. At the 20 second mark of the clip, viewers got a brief glimpse of Michael's striking resemblance to the older Tony.
James starred in the highly praised six-season HBO series from 1999-2007 as a New Jersey gangster. Now, his 21-year-old son will fill his shoes in his film debut as a younger version of his father's character.
In 2019, it was revealed that Michael will star in the prequel, which is written by Sopranos creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner. "It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano," Michael previously said in a statement to Deadline.
Michael — who was born the same year the hit show debuted on HBO — previously got candid about watching Sopranos for the first time in order to get into character.
"The hardest part of this whole process was watching the show for the first time. It was an intense process," he admitted to Esquire. "Because, as an actor, I had to watch this guy who created the role, to look for mannerisms, voice, all those things I would have to echo. But then I'd also be seeing my father."
James — who won three Emmys for his performance — passed away at 51 after suffering heart attack in 2013. "I think what made it so hard was I had to do it alone. I was just sitting alone in my dark apartment, watching my dad all the time," Michael explained of his challenging time. "I started having crazy dreams. I had one where I auditioned for David and I looked down at my hands, and they were my dad's hands."
The upcoming film, which will feature some of the original cast members, takes place in the '60s and will show the rivalry between the African-American and Italian gangs in Newark at the time.
Due to the coronavirus, the film, which was set to debut in 2020, was pushed back to September 21. The Many Saints of Newark will now stream for one month on HBO Max simultaneously with its theatrical release.