'Sopranos' Prequel Movie Adds Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga
The family is growing: The upcoming "Sopranos" prequel movie has added two more stars to its cast.
Variety has the scoop that Jon Bernthal ("The Punisher," "The Walking Dead") and Vera Farmiga (the "Conjuring" franchise, the upcoming sequel "Godzilla: King of the Monsters") have joined the mysterious project, titled "The Many Saints of Newark," which takes place in the 1960s during the infamous riots in Newark, New Jersey. No details about their roles have been revealed yet, and Variety reports that studio New Line could not be reached for comment.
That's par for the course for "The Many Saints of Newark," which has been doing its best to keep its plot and characters under wraps during development, though "Sopranos" creator David Chase has teased that the film will feature several familiar names from the show. A young Tony (played by James Gandolfini on the series) will appear, and several other "Sopranos" favorites are also expected to pop up as their younger selves, though not much else has been confirmed.
What we do know is that the film will focus most closely on Dickie Moltisanti (played by the recently-cast Alessandro Nivola), Tony's uncle and the father of Christopher (played by Michael Imperioli on the series). Dickie is eventually killed by a crooked cop in the '70s, though it's unclear if the film will explore that storyline.
Chase is co-writing the flick, and will produce. Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark World," "Game of Thrones") is directing.