Chase doesn't specify how big of a part Tony will play, but the casting on this will be interesting, considering how iconic James Gandolfini made the role.
Of course, given that the feature-length film is a prequel that's set in the '60s, we'll be treated to a much younger version of Tony, and David Chase (creator of the show) has elaborated on what's in store.
When pressed by Sepinwall if the "point of the scene" was to suggest that Tony could have been whacked in the final diner scene, Chase responds: "Yes, that he could have been whacked in the diner".
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"I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place...", he shared. Even after talking to Chase, Seitz and Sepinwall are still arguing about it. I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark.
The film begins in 1967 with the backdrop of the race riots that tore through Newark, New Jersey.
Still, Chase said that there will be some feeling that these were 'the good old days, ' at least as far as the mafia's concerned. "I started thinking about those events and organised crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements", he said. This could possibly give some deeper insight into Tony's starry-eyed recollections that he so often shared with his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). "These weren't guys who wore tracksuits, back then", he said.
Chase will produce "The Many Saints of Newark" and has written the script with "The Sopranos" writer Lawrence Konner.