Alessandro Nivola, who plays Tony’s uncle Dickie Moltisanti in The Sopranos prequel movie, says he was surprised to learn he was the film’s lead.
The Many Saints of Newark star Alessandro Nivola was surprised to learn he was the film’s lead. Releasing in theaters and HBO Max tomorrow, October 1, Many Saints of Newark is the highly anticipated Sopranos prequel film from the original series creator, David Chase, and frequent director Alan Taylor. Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola), the father of Christopher (Michael Imperioli), will be one of a few new characters introduced in the film who was mentioned in the hit HBO series, but never actually seen.
Set multiple decades before the events of The Sopranos, the prequel film chronicles the racial strife of the 1960s and 1970s in Newark through the conflict between Dickie’s crew and his former numbers runner, Harold McBrayer (Leslie Odom Jr.). This conflict then ignites a war between the city’s Italian and African American gangs. Michael Gandolfini stars as a teenage Tony Soprano, the role originated by his father in the series, who finds himself in the midst of this violent gang war.