The Sopranos Prequel Gets A Release Date And A Name Change

The Sopranos prequel film has received a release date and the studio says the working title is now “Newark.”  The film, which was previously titled “The Many Saints of Newark,” will open in theaters on Sept. 25, 2020.  Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro, and Michael Gandolfini star in the film directed by Alan Taylor and written and produced by David Chase and Lawrence Konner.  “Newark” is set in the 1960s during the Newark riots, five days of violence in the New Jersey city sparked by the beating of a black man by white police officers. It was especially lethal among African American and Italian American gangsters involved in the fighting — 26 people died and more than 700 people were injured during the riots.  More specifically, it follows the life of Dickie Moltisanti, a frequently mentioned character in The Sopranos but one who was never seen in the original series, including flashbacks.  Nivola is playing Moltisanti, and Gandolfini, the son of the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini, will star as a young Tony Soprano in the film.

Photo Credit: HBO – The Sopranos via Crave-TV


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