When Does the ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Arrive in Movie Theaters?

While the cast and crew of HBO’s The Sopranos celebrated the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut in January, a more important milestone came in 2007. That was when the series finale aired, leaving a void on TV that has yet to be filled.

Since that date, creator David Chase and actors like Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts) and Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) have been asked about a follow-up just about everywhere they went. In 2018, we finally learned there would be a revival in the form of a film prequel.

Chase and his team have already added big names from gangster films past and rising stars to the cast. Shooting will begin in 2019 and, in what hints of a large-scale production, work will continue on the film through the first half of 2020.

Here’s the outline for the shoot and release date of the movie, which has the titleThe Many Saints of Newark.

Shooting begins spring 2019 with Ray Liotta, Alessandro Nivola,Vera Farmiga, and others.

Tony Sirico, James Gandolfini, and David Chase on the set of ‘The Sopranos’ in 2007 | Bobby Bank/WireImage

According to reports, Chase and his team, which includes director Alan Taylor, will commence production in April 2019. In terms of lead characters, we know Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle) will play Dickey Moltisanti, father to Imperioli’s character in The Sopranos.

Otherwise, we can’t match actors’ names to the characters they play, but we know many other people who’ll appear. The list includes Ray Liotta, who grew up in Newark in the time in which the film takes place, as well as Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) and Vera Farmiga (The Departed).

Michael Gandolfini, whose father James dominated the HBO show as Tony Soprano, will play a young version of the character. Other actors signed on include John Magaro from The Umbrella Academy and Leslie Odom, Jr. of Hamilton fame.

The story takes place at least in part during Newark’s race riots of 1967. From the tidbits and casting, we expect it to work its way well into the ’70s.

‘The Many Saints of Newark’ arrives in theaters September 25, 2020.

2019/01/09: Alessandro Nivola attends ‘The Sopranos’ 20th Anniversary screening and discussion at SVA Theater. | Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

In mid-March, New Line announced The Many Saints of Newark would arrive September 25, 2020. So there will be some waiting to be done for fans of the franchise, but you can’t mess with Chase’s vision so far. If that’s the timeline he needs, so be it.

As we wait, there’s plenty of room to speculate about how the plot will unfold based on the casting. Tony Soprano was a boy of eight years old when Newark’s ’67 riots broke out, so getting him near Michael Gandolfini’s age (about 20) will take about a decade of film time.

Grizzled actors like Liotta and Bernthal could play either cops or gangsters. Odom is the only African-American actor cast so far, which places him on the other side of the riots. (Italians and blacks openly fought during this period.)

We’ll keep you updated as more information arrives from Chase and New Line.

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