The first trailer for The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel film to the series largely considered to be the touchstone of prestige cable television, reveals a young Tony Soprano developing into the steely mob boss of the future against the backdrop of the 1967 race riots in Newark, New Jersey.
The first look at the New Line Cinema and Warner Bros film, produced in part by series creator David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, finds young Tony floundering in school (not a surprise to his mother, played by Vera Farmiga) but flourishing under the wing of his beloved uncle, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola).
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The film depicts Young Tony “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”, according to the official synopsis. “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 impressionable nephew will help make the teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know.”
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The trailer also evinces a stacked cast, including Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro, Michela De Rossi and Goodfellas’ star Ray Liotta.
True to Sopranos form, the trailer hints at a range of violence, from guns to punches to what appears to be a saw, as well as racial tensions between black and white gangs in Newark, where the 1967 riot killed 26 people and injured over 700 others over the course of four days as one of 159 race riots during America’s tense “Long Hot Summer of 1967”.