Tony Soprano returns in ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

Fourteen years ago, audiences said goodbye to their favorite Italian-American mafia family as Tony Soprano ate his last onion ring with his family while “Don’t Stop Believing” played in the background. Fans thought that was the last they would see of the New Jersey mob boss, but it looks like he’s back (sort of).

The legendary mob boss returns in The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to the HBO series that will focus on Tony’s early years and relationship with Dickie Moltisanti, father of Christoper Moltisanti. The movie is set in the midst of rising Newark riots  and deals with an emerging crop of gangsters who challenge the DiMeo crime family’s control of the Jersey underworld.

The new trailer shows a teenaged Tony played by Michael Gandolfini, son of the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who died in 2013. Additionally, we get glimpses of Vera Farmiga as Tony’s mother Livia and their tumultuous relationship, and Alessandro Nivola as Dickie, who will surely shape the outcome of Tony’s life.

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The Sopranos kicked off the era of prestige TV, giving us the sort of morally complex antihero that would come to dominate TV in the ensuing decade. The show was had a lot of bad people doing bad things, of course, but it also had good people doing bad things and vice versa, forcing a more nuanced exploration of good, bad, heroes and villains. It’s not yet clear whether or not this show will follow in the enormous footsteps of its own godfather, but the potential is intriguing.

The movie opens Oct. 1 in theaters and on HBO Max, which is just enough time to squeeze in another rewatch of the series.

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