Those who want respect, give respect. And those who want to see Tony Soprano again can now with the release of a new trailer for “The Many Saints of Newark”.
The film, a prequel to HBO’s “The Sopranos” series, focuses on teenage Tony played by Michael Gandolfini, the son of “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini, who died in 2013.
The teaser, which dropped on Tuesday, highlights young Tony and his relationship with Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), the father of Christopher Moltisanti, who was played by Michael Imperioli on the series.
“The Many Saints of Newark,” which recently had its release date pushed back by a week, is written by original series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner and directed by “Sopranos” veteran Alan Taylor. The film is set around the time of the Newark Riots of 1967, in which rival gangsters challenged the powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the land.
The cast also includes Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta and Vera Farmiga. 22-year-old Michael Gandolfini never even watched his father’s legendary show until he was appropriately cast in this prequel.
The two-minute trailer opens with narration from James Gandolfini as the older Tony says, “When I was a kid guys like me were raised to follow the codes.” Young Tony, standing in a phone booth, reveals his stern character by punching a friend before the screen goes black.
The scene takes place at Tony’s school, where a middle-aged Livia Soprano, played by Farmiga, sits down with a school guidance counselor to talk about her son Tony’s grades.
“Based on Stanford-Binet, he has a high IQ,” jokes the guidance counselor.
“You can’t prove it by me, he has a D-plus average,” says Livia.
Dickie, played by Nivola, guides his nephew Tony through the trailer, giving Tony speakers as a gift, except they are stolen. After an intense edit featuring guns and fire, Tony worries that accepting the stolen speakers will damage his chance to go to college.
“You take the speakers, right. At the same time, you’re thinking, ‘This is the last time I steal something,’ Dickie says. “It’s so simple.”
Dickie, who struggles to cope with his professional and personal responsibilities, helps make young Tony the mob boss longtime “Sopranos” fans know. The trailer hints at Dickie’s powerful influence when he is warned, “As far as your nephew is concerned… stay out of his life.
The trailer features a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody,” which includes the appropriate lyrics: “Well, it might be the Devil or the Lord, but you’re going to have to serve someone.” The show’s original theme, “Woke Up This Morning” from Alabama 3, also makes a quick appearance.
The action-packed trailer was presented with the tagline, “Legends Aren’t Born, They Are Made.
“The Sopranos” debuted in 1999 on HBO and lasted six seasons before ending in an infamous blackout. James Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his role as New Jersey Mafia boss.
“The Many Saints of Newark” hits theaters October 1 and will be on HBO Max through October.