Release date, cast and what to expect

Finally, it’s time to see how Tony Soprano became one of the most iconic gangsters of all time.

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By Aurora Amidon · Published on July 27, 2021

Welcome to Great expectations, a recurring series in which we break down the most important information about an upcoming movie or show. In this issue, we look at what you can expect from – and where you can see – the new Sopranos prequel: The Many Saints of Newark.


The sopranos is so loved that for some it has become “what is your favorite TV show?” into a kind of boring and predictable question. The show was nominated for 111 Primetime Emmy Awards, (yes, you read that right), and has garnered countless critics the biggest and most groundbreaking TV show ever. The show in New Jersey and New York City in the late 90s and early 00s follows the show Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a gangster who begins to see a therapist for a sudden onset of panic attacks. The show is not only honored for its sharp writing and complex characters, but also for its nuanced handling of mental illness, family, and Italian-American culture.

It’s been almost fourteen years since the series’ finale The sopranos was sent and subsequently left a void in the lives of the fans. But luckily for pretty much everyone on the planet, the sleek Jersey universe is being revisited The Many Saints of Newark: A Sopranos Story. Directed by Alan Taylor, who directed episodes of The sopranos, Crazy menand Game of Thrones, and written by the sole creator of The sopranos: David Chaseand Lawrence Konner (another author to The sopranos), the film will serve as a prequel to the show and will play Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, as a young Tony. Here’s everything you need to know about the new movie.

Release Date of The Many Saints of Newark (and Where to See)

The many Saints in Newark was originally scheduled to be released in the fall of 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans were delayed. Now it premieres on October 1, 2021 in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time. Keep in mind, though, that it will only be on HBO Max for 31 days. So plan then.

The many Saints in Newark Cast

That Sopranos prequel will welcome some familiar characters as well as greet some new ones. Alessandro Nivola (American congestion) stars in the film as Dickie Moltisanti, an important member of the Soprano family. Vera Farmiga (The departed) plays Tony’s mother, Livia, while Michael Gandolfini of course plays Tony himself.

Cast also includes Leslie Odom Jr. (One night in Miami), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street), Billy Magnussen (Game Night), Corey Stoll (Korthus) as Junior Soprano, John Magaro (First cow), Michela De Rossi, Joey Diazand Nick Vallelonga (Green book).

The plot for the many Saints in Newark

Plot details of The many Saints in Newark has been somewhat under cover. But David Chase recently confirmed that the film will be set amid the 1967 race riots in Newark, New Jersey, when tensions between Italian-Americans and black people in society finally boiled over after years of tension, and 26 people were killed and seven-hundred wounded. The film will primarily focus on Dickie Moltisanti as the main character who was allegedly murdered when Tony was young. Of course, the film will also take a deep dive into Tony Soprano’s childhood.

Watch the trailer

Tagline for the trailer of The many Saints in Newark is: “Legends are not born. They are made. “And that sums up pretty much everything we see in the film’s two-minute-and-twenty-second preview. There are fist fights. There are several windows that are shattered. There are epic shootouts. Everything hinted at Tony’s wild young adulthood: a legend along the way.

And for lovers of older Tony Soprano, the trailer indicates that the film gives us all the insight we need to understand how he became the person he eventually grew into. We see his anger problems bubble to the surface as well as the genesis of his tumultuous relationship with his mother. But those are not the only things there The many Saints in Newark have to bid on die-hard Sopranos fans. We also see younger versions of some of our old favorites, such as Uncle Junior (played here by Stoll), Paulie (Magnussen), Big Pussy (Samson Moeakiola) and Silvio (Magaro). Watch the trailer here and see for yourself.

How Michael Gandolfini feels about playing his father

One of the biggest features of The many Saints in Newark is that Michael Gandolfini plays a younger version of his father’s iconic character. But understandably, that job comes with some difficulties. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Gandolfini admitted that it was not easy to fill his late father’s shoes. He explained why he was not watching The sopranos until recently, explaining that his father “did not want me to see Tony Soprano – the violence, the anger, the mean … it was really hard to see my father.”

But Gandolfini added that he eventually saw his father in The sopranos served as a huge inspiration for him in the upcoming film. “I recorded four hours of his monologues with Melfi and constantly walked around New York with them constantly, constantly playing in my ear.”

Michael Gandolfini’s told stepmother mail that “It was almost surreal to see Michael in the trailer. I know it took a lot of courage for him to take on this role. It was very emotional. But the whole family is just so proud of him. His father would be very proud. ”

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Aurora Amidon spends her days running the Big Expectations column, trying to convince people that Hostel II is one of the best movies ever. Read her most embarrassing tweets here: @aurora_amidon.

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