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The latest member of the cast for the forthcoming “Sopranos” prequel film “The Many Saints of Newark” is Italian actress Michela De Rossi.
De Rossi (pictured below), 26, is a Rome native who made her film debut as Ambra in the 2018 movie “Boys Cry," directed by the D’Innocenzo brothers.
Deadline reports that De Rossi made her first trip to the United States to audition for the “Many Saints of Newark" role. The report says the exact nature of De Rossi’s part in the movie is unknown, but that she will play am ambitious Italian immigrant living in Newark. Production is underway New Jersey and New York.
“Sopranos” creator David Chase co-wrote the film with Lawrence Konner.
“The Many Saints of Newark," which Deadline previously reported to be titled “Newark" (this was not the case), will be directed by Alan Taylor for New Line. The movie is due out on Sept. 25, 2020.
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De Rossi, who also had a part in the Italian TV series “The Rats,” joins a cast that includes Michael Gandolfini, 19.
Gandolfini, the son of James Gandolfini, will follow in his father’s footsteps by playing a young Tony Soprano. The younger Gandolfini’s previous credits include the role of Joey Dwyer on HBO’s “The Deuce.”
The film will reportedly be at least partially set in 1960s Newark during the time of the riots, though Michael Gandolfini’s age indicates that it will likely also venture into the 1970s. (According to “Sopranos” canon, Tony would have been just about 8 years old during the riots … 7 years old if you go by his specific birthdate, August 24, 1959.)
Alessandro Nivola will play Dickie/Dickey Moltisanti (Christopher’s father), a mentor to Tony.
Other cast members have joined the film in unknown roles.
They include Union’s Ray Liotta (“GoodFellas”), 64; Vera Farmiga (“The Departed”), 45, who grew up going to school in Newark; Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., 37, who originated the role of Aaron Burr in Broadway’s “Hamilton"; John Magaro, 36, who starred in the 2012 David Chase film “Not Fade Away”; Corey Stoll (“First Man,” “The Romanoffs”), 43; Billy Magnussen (“Aladdin,” “Velvet Buzzsaw"), 33; and Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher”), 42.
In January, Michael Gandolfini gathered with Chase and cast members of “The Sopranos” to mark the 20th anniversary of the show’s 1999 premiere on HBO. James Gandolfini died in 2013.
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