The long-awaited Tony Soprano origin movie comes out on October 1
Sopranos fans received a thrill this week when the trailer for the long-awaited "Many Saints of Newark" film was released. The "Sopranos" prequel movie is set to open in theaters on October 1 and will also stream on HBO Max for 31 days following its theatrical release. Co-written by Sopranos creator David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, "Many Saints of Newark" focuses on young Tony Soprano and his uncle Dickie Moltisanti. The movie will feature a slew of recognizable characters from the original series, albeit in a much younger form as the film takes place in Newark in the 1960s and '70s. Though questions about the movie still remain (will we see Tony meet a young Carmela DeAngelis?), the movie's IMDB page provides an initial road map of who we can expect to see playing the younger version of our favorite "Sopranos" characters.
Michael Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
It's enough to give you goosebumps. Michael Gandolfini, 22, will portray the iconic Tony Soprano role that his late father James Gandolfini made an inextricable part of American pop culture. Michael Gandolfini's previous credits include a stint on the HBO series "The Deuce."
Vera Farmiga as Livia Soprano
Farmiga was a standout as one of the few female characters in "The Departed." The trailer features her playing the overbearing and controlling role of Tony's mother Livia, which was masterfully played by Nancy Marchand until her real-life death before season 3 of the "Sopranos."
Jon Bernthal as Johnny Boy Soprano
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Tony's father "Johnny Boy" Soprano was dead by the start of the show, but was portrayed in flashbacks by Joseph Siravo, who died earlier this year. The role of Johnny Boy in "Many Saints" will be played Jon Bernthal, who has appeared in "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Baby Driver," and "Fury."
Corey Stoll as Junior Soprano
Dominic Chianese's portrayal of Uncle Junior was one of the standout performances of the entire "Sopranos" run. Corey Stoll, who is best known for his turn in "House of Cards" and also appeared as Yellowjacket in "Ant-Man" will get to inhabit the role in "Many Saints."
Alessandro Nivola as Richard "Dickie" Moltisanti
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While much of the attention will be on Tony Soprano, it's said that Dickie Moltisanti will be the film's main character. The father of Christopher Moltisanti, Dickie plays an important role in introducing Tony Soprano to a life of crime. (Fun fact: "Moltisanti" means "many saints" in Italian.) The role will be played by Alessandro Nivola, who is best known for playing Anthony Amado in "American Hustle."
Ray Liotta as "Hollywood" Dickie Moltisanti
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The "Goodfellas" legend will get a turn playing Dickie Moltisanti's father.
John Magaro as Silvio Dante
The role of Tony's consigliere was memorably played in the series by Steven Van Zandt. It will be played by John Magaro in the prequel, presumably even before the Bada Bing was a gleam in his eye. Magaro's credits include "The Big Short" and "Orange Is The New Black."
Samson Moeakiola as Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero as played by Vincent Pastore met a watery end at the end of season 2. He'll reportedly be played by Hawaii 5-0's Samson Moeakiola in much happier times as one of Tony Soprano's best friends.
Billy Magnussen as Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri
It's hard to imagine that anyone can replicate what Tony Sirico brought to the role of mob soldier Paulie Walnuts, but it'll be up to Billy Magnussen to try. Magnussen is an actor and producer best known for "Into the Woods", "Game Night" and "The Big Short."
Mattea Conforti as Young Janice Soprano
Aida Turturro's Janice Soprano was always a pesky thorn in the side of her older brother. Mattea Conforti will presumably bring some of that same energy to the prequel.
Alexandra Intrator as Older Janice Soprano
Same goes for Alexanra Intrator, who looks an awful lot like a younger Turturro in this headshot.
Matteo Russo as Young Artie Bucco
John Ventimiglia's Artie Bucco was one of the few characters from the neighborhood who didn't opt for a life of crime, choosing a life in restaurants instead. Young Matteo Russo will be an interesting character in "Many Saints of Newark" to watch.
Spenser Granese as Beansie Gaeta
Beansie Gaeta was played in the series by Paul Herman. A former drug dealer turned pizzeria owner, Gaeta was left a paraplegic after a severe beating from Richie Aprile. Spenser Granese's portrayal will presumably include Gaeta's early life in crime. His previous credits include "Better Call Saul" and "The Sinner." More:"Sopranos" stars who have died in real life