The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints Of Newark has finally dropped its first look trailer showing Michael Gandolfini in action as a young Tony Soprano, a role previously held by his father James Gandolfini.
The upcoming feature is set to arrive in cinemas and on HBO Max for streaming in October and promises high octane drama, with Tony displaying his no-nonsense attitude just seconds into the teaser.
‘When I was a kid, guys like me were brought up to follow codes,’ the late James says via voice-over as his son’s iteration of Tony is seen hanging up on a call inside a phone box.
The Many Saints Of Newark charts the relationship between the notorious Tony and his uncle Alessandro Nivola (Dickie Moltisanti).
Giving an insight into the upcoming series, Michael teased in an interview with Vanity Fair: ‘It’s an origin story through the eyes of Dickie Moltisanti, Christopher’s father.
‘The Tony Soprano we know has this beautiful vulnerability underneath and this rough exterior, but what if we flip that on its side and you watch a creative, hopeful, kind, curious kid get whittled down and formed into what he has to be?’
Michael Gandolfini plays a young Tony Soprano in The Many Saints Of Newark (Picture: HBO)
Michael was just 14 when his dad James died in 2013 aged 51, and only started watching the acclaimed HBO series when he was cast to bring Tony back to life.
Before auditioning for The Many Saints of Newark, he had ‘never watched a minute of The Sopranos’.
‘The hardest part of this whole process was watching the show for the first time,’ he told Esquire. ‘It was an intense process. Because, as an actor, I had to watch this guy who created the role, to look for mannerisms, voice, all those things I would have to echo.
‘But then I’d also be seeing my father.’
The Many Saints of Newark was initially billed for a 2020 release, however was delayed to the Covid pandemic.
It’s release date has been rescheduled to October 1, 2021, as well as a month-long simultaneous release on the HBO Max.
The Many Saints Of Newark will hit cinemas on October 1 2021.