FANS of The Sopranos will be delighted that the first look trailer for the prequel, Many Saints of Newark, has finally dropped.
In the first look clip released by HBO, it’s already clear to see the follow-up film will be packed with sex, drugs and explosive gun fights.
After the pandemic meant the release date of the film was pushed back, fans have finally been treated to a preview of what’s to come.
And it looks worth the wait – as the late James Gandolfini’s voice introduces the two-minute long clip full of gang drama.
Within seconds, the trailer has shot through scenes of drugs, sexe, money and guns, as well as the iconic pork store and a calculating mother.
Nodding to the original show, which ran from 1999 à 2007, the sound of the Soprano’s theme tune Woke Up This Morning sings in the background.
Unlike the show, where Gandolfini played New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, the film looks further back into Tony’s childhood in never-seen-before scenarios.
While fans will know Tony had a troubled childhood thanks to his father’s criminal activity, viewers see the nitty gritty of his tumultuous past and Christopher’s dad Dickie Moltisanti’s involvement.
Leading him astray, the Moltisanti clan – whose name translates to ‘many saints’ in English – convinces Tony to turn towards a life of crime.
“He only listens to Dickie,” Tony’s mum Livia, who looks noticeably younger and similar to Tony’s wife Carmela, can be heard saying in the trailer.
Viewers then see Dickie charming Tony into shift stolen goods, ruining his dreams of going to college as she “gets caught with s*** like that”.
Looking deeper into his childhood, a young Tony is told he has a high IQ in another cut scene, with teachers making him out to be a “natural leader”.
The start of the trailer also hears Tony explain of his family life: “When I was a kid, guys like me were brought up to follow codes.”
Another scene focuses on Gandolfini’s son Michael, 22, who was cast as the young Tony Soprano in the film thanks to his likeness to his dad.
Following in his father’s footsteps to become an actor, Michael tragically found his father James dead while on holiday in Rome in 2013.
The iconic actor – qui était 51 à l'époque – had collapsed on the bathroom floor and died, and was unable to be revived.
Taking on the younger role of the character which his father played was not an easy decision for Michael, who told Esquire in 2019 is was “difficile”.
He added of the emotional role: “It’s a profound honour to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano.”
“It was an intense process. Parce que, En tant qu'acteur, 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,” il ajouta.
The film, set in 1967, will see Michael take over the mantle in a story which shows how “legends aren’t born, but made”.
The film blurb divulges: “Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city.
“Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities — and whose influence over his impressionable nephew will help make the teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.”
The star-studded cast also includes Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti, Jon Bernthal stars as Giovanni “Johnny Boy” Soprano and Corey Stoll as Junior Soprano.
Vera Farmiga plays Tony’s mother Livia Soprano, John Magaro has been cast as Silvio Dante, and Billy Magnussen will act as Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri.
Michael De Rossi, Leslie Odom Jr and Ray Liotta have also been cast in roles that are yet to be revealed to the public.
Creator David Chase celebrated the new film, saying in a statement: “The movie will deal with the tensions between the Blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid.”
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He revealed that he was “against the movie for a very long time, and I’m still very worried about it” despite it’s upcoming release.
Genius creator David Chase previously said: “The movie will deal with the tensions between the Blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid.”
He also revealed he was “against the movie for a very long time, and I’m still very worried about it”.
He added of his decision to continue regardless: “But the thing that interested me most was Tony’s boyhood. I was interested in exploring that.”