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James Gandolfini’s Son To Play Tony in New ‘Sopranos’ Film

Both Tony Soprano and the actor who played him, James Gandolfini, are dead, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still money to be squeezed out of the franchise, so we’re getting a prequel called The Many Saints of Newark. Set in 1967 when Tony Soprano was 8 years old, the role of Tony will be played by the late Gandolfini’s 19-year-old son Michael Gandolfini.

Yes, after what Deadline describes as “an extensive audition process,” the producers decided that the perfect person to play young Tony Soprano was Gandolfini’s son all along. Who could have seen that coming?

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.

Either acting is such a special talent that it’s passed down genetically or the reason there are so many second- and third-generation actors is that anyone can do it is that making it big is basically a combination of good looks, luck, nepotism and sucking the right dick in the right hotel room casting call. I’m very inclined to believe it’s the later, but having seen basically any porno that tried to have a plot, it’s clear that not anyone can act.

I still can’t get over the fact that Tony Soprano was born in 1959 and this movie is set in 1967 and features a teenaged or twenty-something Tony. It’s going to be terrible and make billion dollars purely on nostalgia because people didn’t realize TV shows could be good before The Sopranos started.

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