'The Many Saints of Newark' is set during the 1960s Newark riots
American actors Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga have joined the cast of the forthcoming Sopranos spin-off film, The Many Saints of Newark.
Variety reports that the roles of Bernthal (The Punisher, Baby Driver) and Farmiga (The Departed, The Front Runner) are yet to be revealed.
The New Line Cinema movie, which is a prequel to the HBO series that ended in 2007, is set during the Newark riots in the 1960s.
The Sopranos’ series creator David Chase, who has co-written the script with producer Lawrence Konner, is so far confirmed to have handpicked Alessandro Nivola to play Dickie Moltisanti in the film.
Chase revealed in an interview with Deadline earlier this month that The Many Saints of Newark will explore Tony Soprano’s childhood.
He said: “I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time,” he explained of his interest in pursuing a storyline set between the 1960s and 1970s.
“I used to go to down there every Saturday night for dinner with my grandparents. But the thing that interested me most was Tony’s boyhood. I was interested in exploring that.”
Chase continued: “The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites [in Newark, NJ] at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid.”
A slated release date for The Many Saints of Newark has yet to be announced.