Ray Liotta Is Joining THE SOPRANOS Prequel THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK!
Ray Liotta has a history of starring in movies about the mob, and now he has joined another one. It looks like Liotta has been cast in the upcoming Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark! This is a perfect project for him that is set in a world that will feel like home to him.
Liotta joins the previously cast Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Corey Stoll, and Michael Gandolfini. The actor had this to say in a statement:
“I am thrilled to be working with David Chase and Alan Taylor on The Many Saints of Newark. David’s talent is unmatched and the directing of Alan Taylor makes this even more exciting. I respect them both immensely and look forward to making this special project with New Line.”
There’s no information on who Liotta will play in the movie, but the story will be set in the era of the Newark riots in the ‘60s. "That was a time when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other’s throats, and amongst the gangsters of each group, those conflicts became especially lethal."
It was also revealed that the story will also involve a young Tony Soprano, who will be played by the late James Gandolfini’s son. Chase explained that he’s looking forward to exploring the period that Tony Soprano glorified in the show’s early episodes:
“It is going to depict when it was good. The mafia was very polished at that time, how they dressed and what they did. Those traditions were followed more loosely in the series. These weren’t guys who wore tracksuits, back then.”
The creative team hasn’t revealed much about the characters that will fill this story, but the cast they are putting together is certainly impressive.