Warner Bros. Pictures has dropped a behind-the-scenes featurette for New Line Cinema’s forthcoming crime drama film, The Many Saints of Newark, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters and on HBO Max on October 1.
The Many Saints of Newark featurette includes interviews from The Sopranos creator David Chase, director Alan Taylor, and some of the main cast including Vera Farmiga, Michael Gandolfini, Corey Stoll, John Magaro, and Billy Magnussen. They talked about the prequel’s new portrayals of familiar characters, while also trying to give justice to their predecessors’ performances.
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The Many Saints of Newark is directed by Alan Taylor from a screenplay written by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner. It stars Michael Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti, Leslie Odom Jr. as Harold McBrayer, Jon Bernthal as Johnny Boy, Corey Stoll as Corrado, Billy Magnussen as Paulie, Michela De Rossi as Giuseppina, John Magaro as Silvio, Ray Liotta as Aldo, and Vera Farmiga as Livia.
“Set in the 1960s and 1970s against the backdrop of the rising tensions between the Italian American and African American communities, the prequel follows a young Anthony Soprano who is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city,” reads the official synopsis. “Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.”
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The Many Saints of Newark is produced by Chase, Konner, and Nicole Lambert, with Michael Disco, Marcus Viscidi, Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener set as executive producers.
The original series ran on-air for six seasons from 1999-2007. It starred James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falcon, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, and more. During its original run, it has been regarded as one of the greatest and most influential television drama series of all time—was honored with 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.