The Sopranos: Prequel Movie Gets Premiere Date and New Title

The cast of ''Newark,'' from top left Ray Liotta Alessandro Nivola Jon Bernthal Michael Gandolfini, Vera Farmiga Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen

"Sopranos" (and "Game of Thrones") alum Alan Taylor is directing the movie for New Line.

The Sopranos followed the life of Tony Soprano, a New Jersey mob boss as he dealt with personal and professional issues in his home and business.

He was sitting in the same spot as his father when the final scene of The Sopranos finale was filmed, which was, and still is, considered quite controversial.

The late James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos in 1999. (Robert Iler) for a quiet dinner.

As other patrons enter the ice cream parlor, Tony keeps looking to the door, checking to see who enters the diner, as Journey's Don't Stop Believing plays on the jukebox. It ran for six seasons before ending in 2007.

Newark is in production now for a September 2020 release.

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"I'm thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled", Michael added of the series creator.

Joining Gandolfini is Alesandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti, the father of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) from the original series.

Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen and John Magaro will also star in the prequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As for the plot, the film is set in the 1960s during the Newark riots, five days of violence that saw members of the African-American and Italian communities clashing with local police.

Many characters from the original "Sopranos" series are expected to appear in "Newark" so numerous actors hired already could be playing the younger versions of the ones made famous on the show.

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