For the first time in 14 years, we are getting an official look into the world of The Sopranos! The first official trailer of the upcoming Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark is officially out. And it is exactly what fans of the HBO Original were hoping to see.
Before we explain the prequel and our take on the trailer of the movie, take a look at it yourself!
With the trailer, now we know for certain who is going to feature in The Many Saints of Newark. It’s more a confirmation of what we already knew, but it’s important to clear the air. Alessandro Nivola will feature in the Sopranos prequel Dickie Moltisanti (Christopher’s father), Jon Bernthal as Giovanni “Johnny Boy” Soprano (Tony’s father), Vera Farmiga as Livia Soprano (Tony’s mother), Corey Stoll as Junior Soprano, Billy Magnussen as Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri, John Magaro as Silvio Dante. Apart from these core characters, we will also see Leslie Odom Jr., Michaela De Rossi, and Ray Liotta in the prequel. However, we are not aware of their respective roles in the movie.
The Many Saints of Newark release date is October 1st. Moreover, viewers will be able to watch the film on HBO Max as well for the first 31st days after its theatrical release.
As we all know, Michael will be taking on the role of the iconic New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano. He’ll be filling in the shoes of his late father, the enigma that was James Gandolfini. That said, there is a lot to unpack from this trailer. But, one thing is for sure, this is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in The Sopranos.
Initial thoughts on The Many Saints of Newark trailer
What the trailer of the prequel has confirmed is that The Many Saints of Newark only shares the same universe as The Sopranos, but set in 1967. Apart from that, it doesn’t have any resemblance with the variety of themes that we have seen in all the 86 episodes of the show. With David Chase and Lawrence Konner as creators, Sopranos veteran Alan Taylor has directed the film. Moreover, the official description of the movie reads:
Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities — and whose influence over his impressionable nephew will help make the teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.
If you were expecting to see the prequel as an extended episode of The Sopranos, then you were definitely wrong. This prequel is going to be a lot more action-filled than its predecessor. For instance, the tagline, “legends aren’t born, they’re made” suggests that we are going to see more events packed into the length of a feature film. In The Sopranos, we saw Tony Soprano trying to cope with life at the peak of his powers.
But here, we will see a more juvenile but energetic version of the character. We can expect Michael Gandolfini’s Tony to be a lot more curious and proactive. And the person who’ll teach him all this will be Dickie Moltesanti, Chris’s father. In the original series, we saw Dickie’s name being mentioned in passing. But in The Many Saints of Newark, we’ll see Tony become the man he is under his tutelage.