'Sopranos' movie gets release date and a new title ... 'Newark'


"The Sopranos" prequel has a release date and a new name. Other cast members include Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga.

Alan Taylor will direct the film, which was previously named "The Many Saints of Newark".

Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, will portray a younger version of his father's famous character, Tony Soprano, in the film. Chase is reportedly maintaining heavy creative control over the project, having handpicked Nivola for his role.

The anticipated prequel to "The Sopranos" will hit theaters on September 25, 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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"The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid", said David Chase (writer) in a previous interview.

The Many Saints of Newark will be set in the 1960s, during the Newark Riots, when African-American and Italian-American gangs waged war in the streets.

The 19-year-old actor was pictured in the now-famed "Sopranos booth" at Holsten's ice cream parlor in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where the iconic final scene was filmed. Although this character never appeared in the HBO series as he was killed before the story's timeline, his legacy and influence were clearly established as someone who helped the family become a legitimate power in the world of organized crime.

The Sopranos had a six-season run and won an abundance of Primetime Emmys and Golden Globe awards.