James Gandolfini's Son Michael Will Play Young Tony In 'Sopranos' Prequel
James Gandolfini brought Tony Soprano to light in the hit TV series The Sopranos. Now, his son is set to take on the role his late-dad won awards for — on the big screen. Keep reading for all the details.
Michael Gandolfini will play a younger version of Tony in The Many Saints of Newark, Variety reports.
“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” he said in a statement shared to the outlet and Deadline.
The 19-year-old will have big shoes to fill! His father, who passed away from a heart attack in 2013, won a Golden Globe Award, three SAGs and three Emmys while starring as the New Jersey mobster.
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The movie, which will also star some of the show's original characters, is set during the '60s and will show the rivalry between the African-American and Italian gangs in Newark at the time.
The announcement comes shortly after the TV series celebrated its 20th anniversary. The show aired for six seasons before signing off in 2007.
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