Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
It looks like we are one step closer to the upcoming “Sopranos” prequel movie.
Several actors from the film, titled “The Many Saints of Newark," recently marked the end of their work on the movie with posts on social media.
“Sopranos” creator David Chase, who was on set in recent weeks as the movie filmed at Holsten’s in Bloomfield — an iconic “Sopranos” location that was home to the last scene of the series finale — and a recreated Satriale’s pork store and meat market on Market Street in Paterson, co-wrote the script for the film with Lawrence Konner.
Alan Taylor, an Emmy-winning “Sopranos” veteran who has also directed episodes of “Game of Thrones,” is the director of the movie.
The movie, due out on Sept. 25, 2020, is at least partially set during 1967, the year of the Newark riots.
‘Sopranos’ movie ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ films at Holsten’s in Bloomfield and ‘Satriale’s’ in Paterson
The production set up camp in Essex and Passaic counties. Fans spotted Michael Gandolfini and David Chase.
“That’s a wrap. #TheManySaintsofNewark #TheSopranos,” actor Alessandro Nivola posted on Instagram Saturday alongside a photo of a T-shirt for the movie that features “Sopranos”-style font, with a gun in place of the "R" in Newark.
Nivola, 46, plays Dickie Moltisanti in the movie, father to future HBO series regular Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and cousin to Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco), Tony Soprano’s future wife.
Dickie Moltisanti serves as a mentor to a young Tony, played by Michael Gandolfini, 20, son of James Gandolfini, who grew up in Park Ridge and won multiple Emmys for playing the North Jersey Mafia boss in the original HBO series. The elder Gandolfini died in 2013.
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Nivola (“Disobedience," “Face/Off”) could be seen during night shoots in Newark for the film in May, when background actors played Newark residents and members of the National Guard, State Police and police officers in Newark for scenes that depict the 1967 riots. The riot scenes were filmed at Branford Place near Halsey Street.
Michael Gandolfini also posted on Friday about the end of filming for the movie. He shared a clip of Nivola wearing slicked-back hair and a suit, presumably to play Moltisanti in a scene.
We got onto the set of ‘The Many Saints of Newark,’ the ‘Sopranos’ prequel. See the first photos.
The movie, which filmed in Newark on May 7, took the city back to 1967.
“This man inspires me so much,” he said. “Sandro I could have never done this without you. You are part of my family now and forever. Thank you for holding me and all of us up. Congratulations. Love you”
Nivola replied in a comment on Gandolfini’s post.
“You had me at ‘This man’…," he said. “You’re my blood brother now – and don’t ever say otherwise or ‘God could hear you’! ❤️ Uncle Dickie."
Italian actress Michela De Rossi co-stars in the “The Many Saints of Newark,” which is her first American movie.
De Rossi, 26, shared a tender photo of herself with David Chase on set.
“This man is a guardian angel," she posted on Instagram this week. “This artist has changed my person. The words are just ornaments. And it’s a wrap. #davidchase #themanysaintsofnewark #thesopranos.”
“You’re an icon,” Gandolfini posted in a comment on De Rossi’s photo.
“You were a joy to photograph..!” posted Barry Wetcher, set photographer for the movie.
Wetcher posted his own celebration of the end of shooting with a photo of a “Newark” clapperboard used in the making of the movie.
He gave a shoutout to the other stars in the film’s cast, which includes New Jersey’s own Ray Liotta (“GoodFellas") and Vera Farmiga (“The Departed,” “When They See Us”) in addition to Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”), Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher”) John Magaro (the David Chase film “Not Fade Away”), Billy Magnussen (“Aladdin”) and Corey Stoll (“First Man”).
‘Sopranos’ film ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ brings National Guard to city for 1967 riots
“That’s a wrap on #themanysaintsofnewark,” Wetcher posted on Friday. “If you’re a #sopranos fan you’re gonna love this, if you’re not you’re gonna become one. Many thanks to #davidchase for inviting me along for this ride."
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