‘Sopranos’ Prequel Film Finds Young Tony: Michael Gandolfini Is Chip Off Old Block

Exclusive: The Sopranos creator David Chase has found his Tony Soprano.

Michael Gandolfini has been set to play the future New Jersey organized crime family boss in The Many Saints of Newark, the feature prequel to Chase’s groundbreaking TV series The Sopranos that Alan Taylor is directing for New Line.He is the son of James Gandolfini, who originated the iconic role of Tony Soprano and won multiple Emmys, SAG Awards and a Golden Globe in an anti-hero role that made possible later bad guy turns like Bryan Cranston’s in Breaking Bad and future HBO series including Deadwood, Westworld and Game of Thrones.

He died in 2013.The late actor’s son has been gaining experience and had a breakout turn on the HBO drama series The Deuce.

His resemblance to Tony Soprano is uncanny.

The filmmakers engaged in an extensive audition process to find the young Tony before Gandolfini won the role.

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