James Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini cast as Tony Soprano in ‘Sopranos’ movie

Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, will play the young Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel movie to the television series “The Sopranos.”

“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Gandolfini said. “I’m thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for ‘The Many Saints of Newark.’”

Alan Taylor is directing the movie for New Line. The cast includes Cory Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Jon Bernthal, Alessandro Nivola, and Vera Farmiga. The film is set during the Newark riots in the ’60s, when the acrimony between African-Americans and Italian-Americans became lethal.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 09: Michael Gandolfini attends the 'The Sopranos' 20th Anniversary Panel Discussion at SVA Theater on January 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Michael Gandolfini arrives at HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Michael Gandolfini attends the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' season 9 premiere at SVA Theater on September 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Aida Turturro, Michael Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco attend the after party for the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' season 9 premiere at TAO Downtown on September 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Michael Gandolfini and Tony Sirico attends the 2015 Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Program at Rescue #5 Ladder Company on July 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Michael Gandolfini attends the 2015 Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Program at Rescue #5 Ladder Company on July 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Michael Gandolfini attends 'The Drop' special screening at the Sunshine Cinema in New York City. �� LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Michael Gandolfini attends 'The Drop' New York Premiere at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on September 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Michael Gandolfini attends 'The Drop' New York City Premiere at the Sunshine Cinema on September 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Michael Gandolfini attends 'The Drop' New York Premiere at Sunshine Cinema on September 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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Series creator David Chase co-wrote the script with producer Lawrence Konner. Nicole Lambert and Marcus Viscidi are executive producing.

James Gandolfini originated the role of Tony Soprano on the HBO series, which premiered in 1999 and ran for six seasons. The role earned him three Primetime Emmys, one Golden Globe, and three SAG awards. The elder Gandolfini died in 2013 at the age of 51.

Michael Gandolfini is best known for his role on HBO’s “The Deuce.” He is repped by WME and Brookside Artist Management. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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James Gandolfini and Andy Garcia during Premiere of 'Night Falls On Manhattan' at Sony Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
James Gandolfini during Premiere of 'Night Falls On Manhattan' at Sony Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 12: Producer David Chase and wife Denise Kelly and actor James Gandolfini and wife Marcy attend the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
E362451 10: Actor James Gandolfini who stars in the show as Anthony 'Tony' Soprano, attends the screening for the second season of HBO's critically acclaimed show 'Soprano's' at New York's Ziegfeld Theater, Wednesday, January 5, 2000. The show tops TV Guide's list of the best television shows of 1999, published in the magazine's Dec. 25 issue. (photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Liaison Agency)
American actor James Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano, smokes a cigar while he stands in pool, in publicity still for the HBO cable TV series 'The Sopranos,' 1999. (Photo by Anthony Neste/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Actor James Gandolfini in scene from HBO TV drama series The Sopranos. (Photo by Anthony Neste/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 26: Actor James Gandolfini attends the Fifth Annual Avignon New York Film Festival - 'Under Hellgate Bridge' Screening Party on April 26, 1999 at the French Institute in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(L-R) Actors Dominic Chianese, Tony Sirico, Vincent Pastore, Steve Van Zandt & James Gandolfini in scene from HBO TV drama series The Sopranos. (Photo by Anthony Neste/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 26: Actor James Gandolfini attends the Fifth Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards on October 26, 2000 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor James Gandolfini and wife Marcy attend the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 10, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
James Gandolfini and Film Crew during James Gandolfini on Location for 'The Sopranos' - August 1, 2000 in Belleville, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actors Jamie-Lynn Sigler and James Gandolfini at party for HBO television series Sex and the City. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
James Gandolfini (L) and Edie Falco of the hit Channel 4 show The Sopranos, at the Apollo Theatre, London. Falco, a Golden Globe award winner for her role as a gangster wife in the successful series, is currently appearing in London's West End in Side Man. * An award-winning Broadway play. Gandolfini, winner of the best actor Golden Globe award for his role in the Mafia series, was in the audience at the Apollo Theatre watching Falco. (Photo by Peter Jordan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 12: Actor James Gandolfini and wife Marcy attend the Sixth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 12, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
386527 31: Actor James Gandolfini attends the 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards March 11, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Newsmakers)
(Original Caption) James Gandolfini, star of 'The Sopranos', and his date attend the series' premiere at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo by Steve Azzara/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 15: James Gandolfini, wife Marcy and son Michael, 3, arrive for the New York premiere of 'The Wild Thornberrys Movie' at the Beekman Theater. The Gandolfinis are hoping to reach a settlement in their divorce proceedings. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK-DECEMBER 12: Actor James Gandolfini attends The Sarah Moody Fundraiser on December 12, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by John Falls/Getty Images)
James Gandolfini during 'Peter Pan' Special Screening - New York at 72nd Street East Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: (ITALY OUT) Actor James Gandolfini is shown on the set of 'The Sopranos' filming by the Plaza Hotel October 15, 2003 in New York. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Actor James Gandolfini is shown on the set of 'The Sopranos' filming by the Plaza Hotel October 15, 2003 in New York. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
James Gandolfini attends 'Moving Image Salutes John Travolta' at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on Sunday, November 5, 2004. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for NBC Universal Photo Department)
Steven Van Zandt, Michael Imperioli and James Gandolfini (Photo by Brian Ach/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 4: Actor James Gandolfini talks at the Regency Hotel on November 4, 2006 in New York, New York. (Photo by Piyal Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 07: Actor James Gandolfini attends Stand Up For Heroes: A Benefit For The Bob Woodruff Family Fund at Town Hall on November 07, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 18: James Gandolfini attends THE CINEMA SOCIETY & DETAILS host the after party for 'MILK' at Bowery Hotel on November 18, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: James Gandolfini arrives at the 60th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 14: Actor James Gandolfini refuels his scooter on January 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
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