When a delectable collection of set images from The Sopranos prequel was leaked online in September 2020—different time, a different life—we finally got a decent look at The Many Saints of Newark. But… that was pretty much it. We had no choice but to try to imitate the fits.
We now have a full-length trailer for The Many Saints of Newark, giving us even more reason to be eager for our return to New Jersey. The film is set in the 1960s and 1970s, and depicts the coming of age of a young Tony Soprano against the backdrop of the 1967 Newark riots.
The news on the Jersey front has been a touch delayed since we saw the preview back in June. Thankfully, Vanity Fair recently published an in-depth interview with David Chase, the famed writer and producer behind The Sopranos—and now, The Many Saints of Newark.
Chase discusses the decision to put Michael Gandolfini in the role that his father made famous in the storey. Before you continue reading, keep in mind that the trailer ends with the song “Woke Up This Morning,” which is cliched, but precisely what you needed today.
The Many Saints of Newark (2021) : Release Date
The film will be released in theatres and on HBO Max on October 1, 2021, after being delayed by Covid-19.
The Many Saints of Newark (2021) : Cast
It’s an all-star cast. The film is set in the 1960s and will feature younger versions of the mobsters we’ve come to know and love in the series. Young Tony will be played by Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini. Dickie Moltisanti, Christopher’s (Michael Imperioli) father and Tony Soprano’s mentor, will be played by Alessandro Nivola.
Tony’s parents will be played by Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga, and Tony’s uncle, Junior Soprano, will be played by Corey Stoll. Leslie Odom Jr., Tony Sirico, and Ray Liotta will also appear in the film. John Magaro will play a young Silvio Dante, Billy Magnussen will play Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri, and the film will also feature Leslie Odom Jr., Tony Sirico, and Ray Liotta.
The Many Saints of Newark (2021) : Plot
The storyline summary for “The Many Saints of Newark” has yet to be released by Warner Bros., but series creator and feature co-writer David Chase says that the movie is set in 1967 against the backdrop of the Newark race riots. Dickie Moltisanti’s relationship with his nephew, Tony Soprano, is set against the backdrop of rising racial tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities in Newark, New Jersey. Tony Soprano debuts in the film as a youngster (as seen in the first peek clip above), long before James Gandolfini’s adult Tony in the HBO series.
The Many Saints of Newark (2021) : Trailer
On June 29, Warner Bros. released the first official trailer for “The Many Saints of Newark,” as well as a few first look photographs from the prequel (including the photo above). The trailer focuses on Michael Gandolfini’s young Tony Soprano and only hints how the supporting cast will be involved in the character’s mafia induction. The teaser confirms one rumour: Vera Farmiga will play Tony’s mother, Livia. The origins of Tony and Livia’s violent and troubled relationship will undoubtedly be depicted in “Many Saints of Newark.”
“Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous periods 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,” according to the new official synopsis from Warner Bros. Dickie Moltisanti, his idolised uncle, is caught up in the changing times, struggling to balance his business and personal responsibilities—and whose influence on his impressionable nephew would help shape the boy into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know as Tony Soprano.”
The teaser primarily serves as a highlight reel of what we may expect from young Tony Soprano in the film’s opening act. He’s a renegade high school adolescent who also happens to be a very bright kid—even a leader, much to his mother’s amazement. It’s a scene in the teaser that hints at Tony’s tumultuous connection with his mother, which he’ll later explore in therapy. Tony is shown rambling around, hitting Satriale’s, and pounding on the floor of his bedroom. We appear to be following his entrance into a life of crime, with all of the family’s major characters vying for a voice in his fate.