David Chase’s Sopranos sequel The Many Saints Of Newark isn’t hitting theaters for over a year but we already have a decent amount of information on the movie including a basic storyline, the cast and who they will likely be playing and some great set shots courtesy of everyone’s favorite Jersey paper, The NJ Ledger.
Speaking of Jersey, if anyone happens to be in or around the Tri-State Area you can catch SopranosCon on November 23 and 24 at the Meadowlands Expo in Secaucus. You’ll be able to meet the actors who performed such memorable characters from the show as Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico), Fuerio’s Here! (Federico Castelluccio), Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola) and Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore).
Yes, seriously you can get 10% off admission to the SopranoCon by using the promocode NICKYPETITO. And you might need it if you select the Stugots II package that includes:
- 2 tickets to the 2-day event, all-inclusive, VIP access, premium seating
- Red Carpet Walk with cast
- Trip to Satin Dolls Gentlemen’s Club (The Bada Bing) with select cast
- Admission to the Official Scores Gentlemen’s Club Afterparty in NYC with select cast
- Saturday night transportation
- 1-night hotel stay for 2 at an Embassy Suites
All that for only $750 plus a $47.29 processing fee. You know, for processing.
Eh, What’s This Thing About?
As you probably know by now, The Many Saints Of Newark is going to be set in the 1960s and revolve around the parents of the main characters in The Sopranos. The official synopsis is pretty sparse:
A look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano.
However, judging by some of the rumors, character names and set photos we have surmised a few details:
- According to Deadline, the movie takes place during the Newark Riots of 1967. Dozens died and hundreds more received serious injuries during six days of African-American violence sparked by a false rumor of police brutality.
- A significant African-American cast including a couple of characters named Black Panther seems to confirm this.
- The set photos below show what appears to be the results of looting and street violence.
- There will be at least one flashback that goes even further back as hinted by the character Italian Immigrant on a Steamship.
Issues of race, which — let’s face it — translates to white racism and police brutality against African Americans, in a Sopranos prequel is like catnip for the access media, especially with everything that’s going on in our country right now.
Who All Is Involved?
What’s It Look Like?
Yeah, that’s right, it’s directed by Alan “Franchise Low Point” Taylor. I don’t think that’s at all a concern as I’m 100% sure David Chase is running the show and Taylor is just there to oversee the large-scale “movie” aspects of the production that Chase might not be familiar with, such as a riot.
NJ.com also has some great shots from the set in Newark:
You can find more photos from the shoot over at NJ.com.
That is All We Know about David Chase’s The Many Saints of Newark, which opens in theaters on Sept. 25, 2020.