A new trailer has arrived for The Many Saints of Newark, the upcoming crime-drama that takes us back to when Tony Soprano was a young man – and introduces us to the man that played a key role in making Tony the leader he would become.
Playing Anthony Soprano is none other than Michael Gandolfini, playing a younger version of the character his father, the late James Gandolfini, encapsulated so memorably in the much-lauded HBO series The Sopranos. The Many Saints of Newark is set in 1960s and 1970s Newark, New Jersey, following teenaged Anthony as his uncle, Richard ‘Dickie’ Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), embarks on a violent gang war. The 1967 riots that rocked the city serve as a backdrop for tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities.
Plenty of gangster mayhem and drama on display in the new trailer below, showing off more of what will hopefully be a film worthy enough of being associated with such a respected series. Some peace of mind is provided with the fact that the screenplay comes from David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, and Lawrence Konner, who co-wrote three episodes.
The film is directed by Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys helmer Alan Taylor, who directed nine episodes of The Sopranos and earned a Drama Series Directing Primetime Emmy for season 6, episode 18 episode “Kennedy and Heidi”.
If the film does well, there’s a chance for a follow-up that further explores Tony’s early days. Talking to Deadline, Chase said he would be interested in tackling another chapter if longtime Sopranos writer and executive producer Terrence Winter was involved as well. Winter is also keen: “The idea of doing another one, and doing it with David, I’d be in in a heartbeat. Absolutely.”
The Many Saints of Newark, also starring Leslie Odom Jr., Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, and Ray Liotta, hits cinemas and HBO Max in the US on October 1st. In Australia, the film hits cinemas on November 4th.