The trailer for the Sopranos prequel ‘Many Saints of Newark’ has been released.
The Many Saints of Newark is a prequel to The Sopranos, focusing on teenage Tony, played by Michael Gandolfini, the son of James Gandolfini.
Respect is a two-way street. Those who seek it must first give it. And now, thanks to the release of a new trailer for The Many Saints of Newark, fans can see Tony Soprano once more.
The film, which serves as a prequel to HBO’s The Sopranos, centers on adolescent Tony, played by Michael Gandolfini, the son of late Sopranos star James Gandolfini.
The trailer, which was released today, focuses on young Tony and his relationship with Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), the father of Christopher Moltisanti, who was portrayed in the series by Michael Imperioli.
The Many Saints of Newark, whose release date was recently pushed back a week, is written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner, and directed by Sopranos veteran Alan Taylor. The film is set during the 1967 Newark riots, which pitted rival gangsters against the powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold on the territory.
Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga round out the cast.
Michael Gandolfini, 22, famously never watched his father’s illustrious show before being cast in this prequel.
The two-minute trailer begins with James Gandolfini narrating the older Tony’s words: “When I was a child, guys like me were raised to follow codes.” While standing in a phone booth, the younger Tony demonstrates his temper by assaulting a friend just before the screen goes black.
The scene cuts to Tony’s school, where Farmiga’s middle-aged Livia Soprano meets with a school guidance counselor to discuss her son Tony’s grades.
“According to the Stanford-Binet, he has a high IQ,” the guidance counselor observes.
“You cannot demonstrate it through me; he has a D-plus average,” Livia says.
In the trailer, Dickie, played by Nivola, mentors his nephew Tony, offering him some speakers as a gift – except they’re stolen. Tony fears that accepting the stolen speakers will jeopardize his chances of attending college following an intense montage featuring guns and fire.
“You remove the speakers, correct? Simultaneously, you tell yourself, ‘This is the last time I’m ever going to steal anything,'” Dickie explains. “It’s that straightforward.”
Dickie, who struggles to balance his professional and personal obligations, assists in shaping the young Tony into the mob boss that long-time Sopranos viewers are familiar with. The trailer alludes to Dickie’s sway when he is cautioned: “As far as your nephew is concerned… stay out of his life.”
The trailer features a cover of Bob Dylan’s Gotta Serve Somebody, which features the appropriate lyric: “Well, it may be the Devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re going to have to serve somebody.” Alabama 3’s original theme song, Woke Up This Morning, also makes a brief appearance.
The trailer’s tagline reads, “Legends aren’t born; they’re made.”
The Sopranos premiered on HBO in 1999 and ran for six seasons before being cut to black in an infamous cut. James Gandolfini was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the New Jersey mob boss.
The Many Saints of Newark is scheduled to open in Australian cinemas on September 23.