Though it’s still months away from being released, “The Sopranos” prequel film, “The Many Saints of Newark,” has already caused a stir on the internet, spawning a plethora of reactions and analyses. The story centers around a young Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) growing up in 1960s and 1970s New Jersey and his transformation from high school slacker to a member of the DiMeo crime family. In addition to Tony’s appearance in the film, the trailer revealed that audiences will see younger incarnations of some of their favorite characters from the series, including Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri (Billy Magnussen), Silvio Dante (John Magaro), Junior Soprano (Corey Stoll), and Tony’s mother Livia Soprano (Vera Farmiga).
But the trailer also showed that there will be new characters introduced, ones we never got to see in the series. One of these characters includes the frequently mentioned, but never seen, Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who is not only Tony’s uncle but his mentor in the world of crime. Actors Leslie Odom Jr. and Jon Bernthal will also be playing characters who are new faces to the “Sopranos” universe.