James Gandolfini’s son to play young Tony Soprano in prequel

January 23, 2019 - 9:41 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Late actor James Gandolfini’s 19-year-old son is going to play Tony Soprano in the new “Sopranos” prequel movie.

David Chase, who created the hit HBO series, chose Michael Gandolfini to depict the young Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark.” The highly-anticipated prequel is expected to be set during the Newark riots of the 1960s. 

Michael Gandofini told Deadline: “It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano.”

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“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,’” he said.

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"The Sopranos” recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its premiere on Jan. 10, 1999.

The show, which ran from 1999 to 2007, went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed drama series of all time.

Gandofini won three Emmy awards, three SAG awards and one Golden Globe award for his performance as the violent-yet-relatable New Jersey mob boss.

Gandofini died of a heart attack in 2013. He was only 51. 

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