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Posted Tuesday 1/22/19 at 7:30PM EST
The Sopranos prequel film casts James Gandolfini's son Michael to play a young Tony Soprano
Budding actor Michael Gandolfini has been cast to play the role originated by his dad in David Chase's The Many Saints of Newark, reports Deadline. "The late actor’s son has been gaining experience and had a breakout turn on the HBO drama series The Deuce," according to Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. "His resemblance to Tony Soprano is uncanny. The filmmakers engaged in an extensive audition process to find the young Tony before Gandolfini won the role. Insiders said that his screen presence, mastery of Tony’s mannerisms, coupled with his resemblance to the elder Gandolfini made him the standout choice for the role because no one there understood the character better, the insiders said." Michael Gandolfini was 13 years old in June 2013 when he discovered his dad collapsed in the bathroom of their hotel room in Italy. James Gandolfini was later pronounced dead at age 51. “It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Michael Gandolfini said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that I’m 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.”
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
The Sopranos star James Gandolfini died five years ago: His actor son pays tribute
Michael Gandolfini was celebrating his junior high graduation with his dad in Rome on June 19, 2013 when the elder Gandolfini died of a heart attack in a hotel room. "5 years without your hugs, your laugh, and you smile. I miss you, but today is not about me," Michael wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. "As much as I hate that you’re gone, it in face was your time. And today I celebrate you and your life. I love you dad, miss you." Michael Gandolfini is now a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also has gotten into acting, playing a busboy on Ocean's Eight and appearing in at least three episodes of HBO's The Deuce.