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Movies

James Gandolfini's son Michael to play Tony in Sopranos prequel

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Like father, like son: Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini, will play a young Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark, better known as The Sopranos prequel.

Written by The Sopranos creator David Chase and Sopranos writer Lawrence Konner, the film is set amid the riots of 1960s Newark, New Jersey, which broke out as a result of tensions flaring between the city’s black and Italian residents. The cast includes Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll.

James Gandolfini played the adult role of Tony Soprano in the HBO series from 1999 to 2007. The three-time Emmy winner died in 2013 at the age of 51.

The late actor’s son has already racked up a few credits: He appeared in last year’s Ocean’s 8 and the HBO drama The Deuce.

“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Gandolfini said in a statement given to Deadline, which first reported the news. “I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.”

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