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James Gandolfini’s Son Cast as Tony Soprano in ‘Sopranos’ Prequel

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The Sopranos prequel film is picking up speed, and the production has just announced its best casting yet.

Stepping into his father’s shoes, Michael Gandolfini, the son of the series’ late star James Gandolfini, will be playing the role of Tony Soprano in the prequel film. The casting choice is a beautiful way to honor Gandolfini and brings the prequel to a whole new emotional level.

Michael Gandolfini shared his excitement and honor of continuing his father’s legacy with Deadline, who was first to report the news of the casting. Gandolfini said:

“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Gandolfini said. “I’m thrilled that I am 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.”

From New Line, the prequel currently titled The Many Saints of Newark will be set during the 1960’s Newark riots – a time in New Jersey history when African-American and Italian gangs were feuding throughout the city. Alan Taylor is signed on as director and the cast, so far, includes Cory Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Jon Bernthal, Alessandro Nivola, and Vera Farmiga, in addition to Gandolfini.

The original series premiered on HBO in 1999 and ran for six seasons in total.  The series starred Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, and Michael Imperioli.

What do you think about James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, being cast in the role of a young Tony Soprano? Are you excited about this prequel film? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.