The mob is back! After bidding farewell to the final season of controversial series The Sopranos all those years ago, Tony Soprano is back, this time as a teenage boy at a crossroad. The prequel to The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark is almost here, and the trailer just dropped our first glimpse.
The Many Saints of Newark tells the story of mob boss Tony Soprano’s formative years, and his initiation into his chosen criminal career and domination of organized crime set in the midst of the 1967 Newark riots sparked from racial tension that marked one of the most tumultuous eras in New Jersey history.
Starring Michael Gandolfini as Tony, the character originally played by his father, the late James Gandolfini (our hearts), The Many Saints of Newark was created by the man behind the original Sopranos, David Chase.
“Caught up in the changing times is the uncle (Tony) idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities,” a synopsis reads, “and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.”
In the trailer, we see young Tony in high school, flunking his classes despite his mother being told that his IQ is, surprisingly, through the roof. A bored Tony gets lured in by the glamour and violence that organized crime has to offer when his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti, starts to rope him in on odd jobs.
Starring alongside Michael Gandolfini, is Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga. Some will play the roles of younger interpretations of the characters we know and love from the original TV show.
Watch the trailer below, and plunge yourself into a wave of nostalgia and emotion witnessing Gandolfini play one of his late father's most poignant roles.