Michael Gandolfini, son of the late soprano star, joins the family business.
According to Deadline the 19-year-old actor has signed to play the young Tony Soprano – the iconic criminal boss his father James Gandolfini had made famous – in the upcoming sopranos [Sopranos] , Prequel Movie, The Many Saints of Newark .
"It is a great honor to continue my father's legacy as he steps in the footsteps of a young Tony Soprano," said Gandolfini's younger shop assistant. "I'm thrilled that I have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible talent of talents he has collected for The Many Saints of Newark ."
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News of Michael Gandolfini's casting follows the twentieth anniversary of the show's premiere and nearly six years after James Gandolfini's death at the age of 51.
The late Actor, who passed away in 2013, was widely acclaimed for the role of the New Jersey gangster and received three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his performances. The show itself is, of course, considered one of the greatest television programs of all time and ushered in the golden age of television. Shows such as Breaking Bad and Mad Men now themselves classics, have had the influence Sopranos and would not have been possible without the iconic HBO series not paving the way.
"Whatever I intended to be the show … was very different after seeing how seriously David Chase took human behavior" Mad Men creator and former soprano writer Matthew Weiner once noticed .
That the younger Gandolfini is now following in his father's footsteps may be apt, considering that Tony Soprano himself followed his father into the family business. Now it is up to him "to bring this family into the 21st century".