The Sopranos prequel film, titled Newark, to hit theatres on 25 September, 2020

FP Staff

Mar 15, 2019 12:31:56 IST

The prequel film to hit HBO series The Sopranos has been officially given a release date. The film, titled Newark, will release in the theatres in the US on 25 September, 2020, reported Variety. It was earlier given the title The Many Saints of Newark. The project is being directed by Alan Taylor from a script by show creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner.

The Sopranos prequel film, titled Newark, to hit theatres on 25 September, 2020

Alessandro Nivola stars in The Sopranos prequel. Image from Facebook

The film, set against the backdrop of the Newark riots of the 1960s when African-Americans and Italians clashed, will feature an ensemble cast of Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Corey Stoll, and Ray Liotta.

"I guess I got to be kind of discreet about it, so David Chase doesn't kill me," Nivola said. "I'm playing Dickie Moltisanti, who is the central character in the movie, and he is Christopher Moltisanti's dad," Nivola had said in an earlier interaction.

Michael Gandolfini, the son of late The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, is playing the younger version of his father's famous character, Tony Soprano, in the film.

The Sopranos, headlined by Gandolfini, was HBO's one of the most critically acclaimed shows. It ran for six seasons and won 21 Emmys.

(With inputs from The Associated Press)

Updated Date: Mar 15, 2019 12:31:56 IST