THE SOPRANOS Prequel Film NEWARK Gets a 2020 Release Date and John Magaro Joins the Cast
Warner Bros. has slated The Sopranos prequel film for release on September 25th, 2020. The film also has a new title. It was previously titled The Many Saints of Newark, but now it’s just going by Newark.
It’s also been announced that Umbrella Academy star John Magaro has been cast in the film, but there’s no word on who he’s playing.
Mararo joins the previously cast Ray Liotta, Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Corey Stoll, and Michael Gandolfini.
While we don’t have a lot of details to share, we do know that 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 involve a young Tony Soprano, who will be played by 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 film is putting together a great cast, and as a fan of the series, I’m looking forward to seeing what creator David Chase and director Alan Taylor have in store for it.