It looks like Norma Bates and Frank Castle are now going to be part of a legendary mobster timeline.
Actress Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Jon Bernthal (Marvel’s The Punisher) will be joining the cast of the upcoming New Line Cinema prequel to the iconic HBO series The Sopranos. The prequel, currently titled The Many Saints of Newark, is being written and produced by series creator David Chase. Deadline describes the prequel as follows:
The prequel to The Sopranos set in the era of the Newark riots in the 60s, when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark are squaring off, and when among the gangsters of each group, it became especially lethal.
While the characters Farmiga and Bernthal are playing have yet to be disclosed, the two are no stranger to mob-related projects. Farmiga burst onto the Hollywood scene with her role as Madolyn in the 2006 Scorsese-directed Boston “Mob vs Cops” story The Departed, which ended up winning Best Film, Screenplay and Director at the Academy Awards. Meanwhile, after his breakout in The Walking Dead, Bernthal has appeared as shady and duplicitous underworld characters in films like Snitch and The Wolf Of Wall Street before landing his current gig as Marvel’s most violent and revenge-driven vigilante.
Just last week marked the 20th anniversary of the New Jersey mob series’ premiere, which starred James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, and Steven Van Zandt. Created by Chase, the series presented a new angle on the traditional mob family story, focusing on the anxiety suffered by its patriarchal main character Tony Soprano (Gandolfini) and his secret visits to his therapist (Braco). The entire series is available on both HBO Now and HBO Go, depending on your method of viewing HBO.
The project has just been announced and there is no release date set yet.
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