The character was much more than some monosyllabic mob boss; when we first met Tony, he was suffering from panic attacks and a hard family life (often, problems of his own making), and the David Chase-led show managed to masterfully meld his mental processes with the unconventional life he was living as the head of the Soprano Crime Family in New Jersey.
Christopher Moltisanti, who was played by Michael Imperioli in the series, was a protege of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss portrayed by James Gandolfini. Alessandro Nivola has been cast as Dickie Moltisanti, father of The Sopranos' Christopher. "The Many Saints of Newark" takes place during a time period when the mafia was thriving in NY and by extension was a huge part of the scene in New Jersey as well.
"I don't know what we're supposed to take from it", Imperioli said.
"Dickie, as he's mentioned throughout the "Sopranos" series, was an important figure in Tony's life", Nivola said. Nivola said racial tension is "a big part of the story". The Many Saints of Newark begins shooting in April.
"I'm not going to answer that question", Chase replies. Even after talking to Chase, Seitz and Sepinwall are still arguing about it. I tell them I don't know.
"I was against [the movie] for a long time and I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place", Chase said. He says that there will probably be those who will hate the idea no matter how good or bad the prequel ends up being and he's just learned to live with those criticisms. A collection of recaps, deep-dive essays and "conversations" covering every episode of HBO's iconic series, the book also includes several long-form interviews with series creator David Chase, who - after years of playing coy - may have tipped his hand a bit regarding what actually happened in the show's final moments.
On Wednesday, cast members Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler were among those to gather in NY to celebrate the landmark.