News & Opinion | November 21, 2018 11:30 am

“Sopranos” Prequel Taps Alessandro Nivola for Lead Role

The story will revolve around Dickey Moltisanti, a made man.

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Alessandro Nivola has been pegged to star in the "Sopranos" prequel. (Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Patrick McMullan via Getty Image

Actor Alessandro Nivola is currently in talks to play the lead in the upcoming Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark.

Nivola will likely play Dickey Moltisanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “a charismatic but violent made man who falls in love with his father’s much younger bride, a recent immigrant from Italy.”

Moltisanti is childless but takes it upon himself to mentor a young man named Tony Soprano, the son of a family friend. It’s set during the lethal Newark, New Jersey, riots of the 1960s that pegged African American and Italian American gangs against one another.

Other familiar faces to devotees of the HBO original series are expected to make appearances in the film.