Fourteen years after the series’ ambiguous finale, the first glimpse of new Sopranos content has arrived.
The first trailer for The Many Saints of Newark, the previous film in the series widely regarded as the touchstone of premium cable TV, reveals a young Tony Soprano – played by the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael – becoming the Mafia boss of the future in the context of the 1967 race riots in Newark, New Jersey.
The first look at the movie New Line Cinema and Warner Bros., produced in part by series creator David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, finds young Tony wading through school (no surprise to his mother, played by Vera Farmiga) but flourishing under the wing of his beloved uncle, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola).
The film portrays young Tony “growing up in one of the most tumultuous times in Newark history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the hold of the all-powerful family. of DiMeo’s crime on the increasingly racially-torn city, “according to the official synopsis. “The fashionable uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to cope with his professional and personal responsibilities – and whose influence over his impressionable nephew will help make the teenager the boss.” of the almighty mafia that we will later get to know.
The trailer also shows a stacked cast, including Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro, Michela De Rossi and Goodfellas star Ray Liotta.
True to the form of the Sopranos, the trailer hints at a range of violence, from guns to punches to what appears to be a saw, as well as racial tensions between black and white gangs in Newark, where The 1967 riot killed 26 people and injured over 700 others over the course of four days as one of 159 race riots during the “Long Hot Summer of 1967” in the United States.
Chase, who told Deadline in February 2019 that he was “against the film for a very long time, and I’m still very worried about it,” said he was interested in exploring Tony’s childhood in context. racial tensions that exploded during his own youth in New Jersey. “I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark,” he said. “I was just interested in the whole Newark riots thing. I started to think about these events and organized crime, and I was just interested in mixing those two together.
“It’s going to portray when it was good,” Chase told Deadline. “The Mafia was very polite back then, how they dressed and what they did. These traditions were followed more freely in the series. They weren’t guys wearing tracksuits back then.
Michael Gandolfini, who was 14 when his father died of a heart attack in 2013 while on vacation in Rome, told Vanity Fair earlier this year that the film is “an origin story through the eyes of Dickie Moltisanti, Christopher’s father. The Tony Soprano we know has that beautiful vulnerability underneath and that rough exterior, but what if we flip that over on his side and you watch a creative, hopeful, kind, inquisitive kid shrink down? and become what it should be?
To prepare to step into the legendary shoes of his father, the 22-year-old actor, who had never seen an episode of The Sopranos, watched all six seasons in six weeks and listened to his father’s monologues for hours. “I had this unspoken confidence that David [Chase] wasn’t going to throw me away if there was even a shred it wouldn’t work, ”he told Vanity Fair.
Originally slated for theatrical release in September 2020, the pandemic-delayed film will hit US theaters on October 1 and will be available to stream on HBO Max for 31 days thereafter. A UK date to be confirmed.