A prequel movie to The Sopranos has been in the works for a while now. Titled The Many Saints of Newark, it will be written by the OG show's creator, David Chase. Much speculation has occurred over who will play the iconic role of Tony Soprano. Could any actor possibly fill the shoes of the late James Gandolfini? The answer is, in fact, yes.
After an extensive audition process, young Tony Soprano will be played by Michael Gandolfini.
Yep, this Gandolfini is related to James. In fact, Michael is his son.
After his casting was announced, Michael stated,
"It's a profound honor to continue my dad's legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano."
He went on to say,
"I'm thrilled that I'm going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark."
Michael Gandolfini is best known for his work in The Deuce.
People are thrilled by casting's choice and their simultaneous tribute to James Gandolfini.
The Gandolfini casting choice is beautiful, poetic and heartwarming. I’m excited for that kid.— devon sawa (@devon sawa)1548266524.0
I love everything about this. https://t.co/Ol0ktmGFQz— Ben Thomas (@Ben Thomas)1548241373.0
You couldn't have better casting for this role. Didn't even realize it until I looked it up but MIchael Gandolfin… https://t.co/7p4IfVcIiX— Damon Martin (@Damon Martin)1548228834.0
this is pretty cool - hope he can pull off the accent https://t.co/6BgpvoBpyw— Olieeeeeeee (@Olieeeeeeee)1548244897.0
@HuffPost The only nepotism I’m okay with 😎👍🏼— cmerry🌀 (@cmerry🌀)1548270807.0
@HuffPost Big shoes to fill n I am sure with a heart like your dad’s u got it in the bag! Looking forward to this… https://t.co/yO2E7qOSFi— Pat K (@Pat K)1548265193.0
@CBSSunday That’s wonderful he looks like his father !! We all miss James Gandolfini!! Thank you to his son for st… https://t.co/IRP9Zv9SDM— Theresa kelly (@Theresa kelly)1548274136.0
@CBSSunday The genetic likeness between James Gandolfini and his son is uncannily remarkable to say the least. If… https://t.co/NI6yU8pqjP— Trevor Holohan (@Trevor Holohan)1548275303.0
@Variety This is beautiful— Kyle Lima (@Kyle Lima)1548265397.0
@enews Well that’s a dope idea.— Inner Thoughts (@Inner Thoughts)1548209029.0
So excited young Tony Soprano is going to be Michael Gandolfini, James' son...what a story!!!— Sean Glass (@Sean Glass)1548200240.0
Congratulations, Michael! Your dad would be proud.