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James Gandolfini's Son Will Play Young Tony Soprano In Prequel Movie

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James Gandolfini's Son Will Play Young Tony Soprano In Prequel Movie

For years there has been speculation that the legendary TV show The Sopranos would have a prequel exploring the roots of the crime drama.

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Those rumours were finally put to rest in March last year when the prequel was confirmed and would still include the same characters, just a few years before the storyline we all know and love takes place.

Of course when you talk about a prequel of The Sopranos you immediately ask who would fill the shoes of the late James Gandolfini aka Tony Soprano.

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Well, you'll be interested to know that the actor's son Michael is going to follow in his father's on-screen footsteps and play the boss for The Many Saints of Newark.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But it's not just because he shares the Gandolfini name, but, according to Deadline, Michael captivated the casting directors with his presence and he nailed his dad's on-screen mannerisms.

"It's a profound honor to continue my dad's legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano," Gandolfini said in a statement to entertainment site.

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"I'm thrilled that I'm going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark."

He'll join Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen and Corey Stoll in the film.

Will he live up to expectations? Credit: HBO
Will he live up to expectations? Credit: HBO

The original series won 21 Emmy awards, five Golden Globes and much more during its initial run between 1999 and 2007. It is widely considered to be one of the best TV series of all time.

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The cast from that series recently met up for the show's 20th anniversary - held at New York's SVA Theatre.

In attendance on the night were some familiar - though slightly older - faces, including Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Robert Iler, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Tony Sirico, Lorraine Bracco, Annabelle Sciorra, Edie Falco, John Ventimiglia, Steven Van Zandt, and Vincent Curatola.

The original series created controversy when producers closed the final episode by cutting to black, ending the series forever.

Let's hope they manage to come up with an ending we can all agree on for the film.

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