The Sopranos prequel: James Gandolfini’s son will play Tony Soprano

Here’s an excellently done piece of casting: in the upcoming prequel movie to The Sopranos, James Gandolfini’s son will step into the role of Tony Soprano. And it wasn’t just nepotism either.

Deadline reports that Michael Gandolfini had to take part in an “extensive audition process” before he was able to nab his father’s famous former role.

James Gandolfini won basically every award going for his turn in The Sopranos, and the tributes piled in once again upon the actor’s sad death in 2013.

“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” said Michael Gandolfini in a statement. “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.”

Chase, of course, is the creator of The Sopranos HBO TV show. Fans are excited to see what his feature-length prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, has in store.

As well as Michael Gandolfini, the cast for this 1960s-set prequel includes Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen and Corey Stoll.

As we hear more about the movie, we’ll be sure to let you know.