Today Warner Bros and HBO Max released the first official trailer for The Many Saints of Newark, the highly-anticipated feature film prequel to David Chase’s award-winning HBO drama series (and, frankly, one of the best TV series ever) The Sopranos.
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 nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.
Check out the trailer for The Many Saints of Newark below:
Chase’s new film was one of many that were delayed due to the pandemic. It also happens to be one of the many titles that Warner Bros. announced would be hitting their streaming service HBO Max, day-and-date with movie theaters.
The film’s trailer shapes it out as a look into the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano. This might be a way for Warner and HBO to sway viewership given that creator David Chase has been framing this film as a look into Dickie Moltisanti (the father of Michael Imperioli’s Christopher in the original series) as played by Allesandro Nivola. But either way, when “Woke Up This Morning” started playing at the end of the trailer we all knew we were going to be seeing this flick.
The Many Saints of Newark also looks to be digging deep into one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, shaping that around how young Tony Soprano becomes the man we know. In addition to Nivola, and James Gandolfini’s own son, Michael playing young Tony, the movie also stars Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, with Emmy winner Ray Liotta and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga. And introducing William Ludwig as an even younger Anthony Soprano. The film is directed by Sopranos vet Alan Taylor, who has helmed episodes of HBO’s most iconic shows such as Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, and Boardwalk Empire.
Additionally, Kramer Morgenthau is lensing the picture. Morgenthau might not have been present during the original run of The Sopranos as a cinematographer but he has worked with Taylor on a number of episodes from previously mentioned HBO shows. There was a great two-part podcast with Sopranos DP vet Alik Sakharo, ASC, that he did for ASC Masterclass.
Check out the first poster for The Many Saints of Newark which definitely feels like it was quickly thrown together to integrate that “A Sopranos Story” element for marketing purposes:
Warner Brothers and HBO Max will release The Many Saints of Newark in theaters and on streaming services starting October 1st.
Sources: Warner Bros., HBO Max