Ever heard of the actor? Well, he appeared as Joey Dwyer, the eldest son of Bobbie (Chris Bauer), in a few Season Two episodes of THE DEUCE and in real life is the eldest child of the late James Gandolfini himself. Who better to play young Tony Soprano, right?
He looks like his Dad in younger years and surely has the voice and mannerisms to seal the deal. And this isn’t just some stunt casting either as the nineteen-year-old did alright in THE DEUCE. We don’t know how much screen time he’ll get as Tony but enough, to be sure, to solidly tie the movie to the iconic HBO series. The movie, has discussed before, shows the early years of the New Jersey Mob connection so, the main focus will be on Alessandro Nivola’s character Dickie Moltisanti.
According to Deadline – “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.” Gandolfini responded with, “It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano. I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.”
Other cast that fell into place recently were Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen. And there are plenty of great roles to play like younger versions of Uncle Corrado “Junior” Soprano (Dominic Chianese’s character), “Livia” Pollio Soprano, (Nancy Marchand’s character) and Giovanni Francis “Johnny Boy” Soprano (Joseph Siravo’s character). But we know that whoever is cast in what roles eyes will be on Michael Gandolfini as he enacts his father’s famous role.