Casting announcements for the upcoming Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, continue to stay on message. According to Deadline, noted Goodfellas actor and son of the tristate area, Ray Liotta, is in talks to star in the period drama. Set in the 1960s, Saints takes place against the backdrop of the Newark riots and high racial tensions that existed between Italians and African Americans in the city during that era. Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll are all part of the cast, and Michael Gandolfini, the son of James, will play the film’s young version of his father’s iconic antihero, Tony Soprano. Sopranos creator David Chase has co-written the screenplay with Lawrence Konner, with Alan Taylor set to direct.
Ray Liotta. Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images