First Look at “Sopranos” Prequel
Claire Miles - June 30, 2021

Scatter Seeds Of Kindness



If you have a friend worth loving
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him, ere life's evening
Tinge his brow with sunset glow
Why should good words ne'er be said
Of a friend till he is dead?

If you hear a song that thrills you
Sung by any child of song
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?

If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone
Why should not thy brother share
The strength of ‘two or three' in prayer?

If your work is made more easy
By a friendly, helping hand
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere the darkness veil the land
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?

Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All enriching as you go
Leave them. Trust the Harvest-Giver
He will make each seed to grow
So, until the happy end
Your life shall never lack a friend

The first new “Sopranos” content in 14 years has been released, with the surfacing of the first trailer of the long-awaited prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark. The film’s ensemble cast includes Michael Gandolfini (The Deuce) playing Tony Soprano, an uncanny young version of the iconic character played by the actor’s late father James Gandolfini. The mob drama also stars Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti (Christopher’s father), Jon Bernthal as Giovanni “Johnny Boy” Soprano, Corey Stoll as Junior Soprano, Vera Farmiga as Tony’s mother Livia Soprano, Billy Magnussen as Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri and John Magaro as Silvio Dante — plus Leslie Odom Jr., Michaela De Rossi and Ray Liotta in undisclosed roles.

 

The film is set in Newark, New Jersey in 1967. According to the studio, here’s the description of the movie: “Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities — and whose influence over his impressionable nephew will help make the teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.”

 

Robert Iler, Michael Gandolfini and Jamie-Lynn Sigler attend the "The Sopranos" 20th Anniversary Panel Discussion at SVA Theater on January 09, 2019

Getty Images/Wire Image/Mike Coppola

 

The trailer is presented with the tagline, “Legends aren’t born, they’re made,” and is perhaps more action-filled and intense than fans were expecting given the meditative quality of the final couple Sopranos seasons. Sopranos creator David Chase wrote the film along with Lawrence Konner. Sopranos veteran Alan Taylor directed.The Sopranos debuted in 1999 on HBO, ushering in a new era of prestige drama television, and ran for six seasons before concluding with an infamous (and, seemingly, fatal to its protagonist) cut to black. Gandolfini, who died from a heart attack in 2013, won three Emmys for the role of Tony Soprano. The Many Saints of Newark will be in theaters on Oct. 1 and on HBO Max for 31 days following theatrical release.