During the publicized run up to the “Sopranos” prequel film so far, casting news has been linked with one title, “The Many Saints of Newark.”
Fast Forwarding a bit and according to Deadlinethe film’s latest title is simply “Newark,” and it will be released on Sept. 25, 2020.
The film, co-written by “Sopranos” creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, is reportedly set in the 1960s during Tony Soprano’s childhood, circa the time of the Newark riots. “Sopranos” (and “Game of Thrones”) alum Alan Taylor is directing the movie for New Line.
19-year-old Michael Gandolfini, James Gandolfini’s son will play a young Tony.
Alessandro Nivola will play Dickie Moltisanti, father of Christopher Moltisanti, who served as a mentor to young Tony.
Ray Liotta, who grew up in Union Township, will also play a role which will will be his first role in the Mafia space since “GoodFellas” in 1990.
Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen are also attached to the film in unknown roles. So is John Magaro, who starred in Chase’s 2012 film “Not Fade Away.”
Vera Farmiga is set to play a role in the film, Vera grew up in Essex County — in a Ukrainian enclave in Irvington, she attending school in Newark — and went to Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington. Her role is currently unknown.