Not long ago we learned that Michael Gandolfin, son of James Gandolfini would be joining the Sopranos prequel film, playing a younger version of Tony Soprano, the character made famous by his father. Today we learn actor Ray Liotta, who played Henry Hill in the classic mafia film, Goodfellas, has joined the cast of the film.
The film, titled The Many Saints of Newark, will take place during the Newark riots of the 1960s. Liotta isn’t the first cast member from Goodfellas to crossover Sopranos, (according to /Film) this actually makes him number 27 to make the jump. Liotta was also considered for the role of Tony Soprano, but turned it down.
“I am thrilled to be working with David Chase and Alan Taylor on The Many Saints of Newark. David’s talent is unmatched and the directing of Alan Taylor makes this even more exciting. I respect them both immensely and look forward to making this special project with New Line.”
The Sopranos creator David Chase:
“I’m still very worried about [returning to the Sopranos], but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place. I started thinking about those events and organized crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements.”
Love the Sopranos, I think it will be time for another re-watch soon. With The Many Saints of Newark, we will soon get to return to the world of the show that arguably started the golden age of television we currently enjoy.
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