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“Sopranos” Sequel Movie Starts Rolling with Alessandro Nivola Cast as Tony Soprano’s Uncle, Christafuh’s Dad


“The Sopranos” prequel movie is finally underway with casting, and it’s great news.

Alessandro Nivola, whose credits include everything from “American Hustle” and “Selma” to a 2015 Tony Award nomination for “The Elephant Man,” will play Dickey Moltisanti, Tony Soprano’s uncle and father of Christafuh (Michael Imperioli).

The movie, “The Many Saints of Newark,” is written and directed by David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos.” It takes place in the 60s, when Tony’s dad is in prison. Other characters should include a young Livia, Tony’s mother (played so beautifully by Nancy Marchand in the series), and Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese).

Nivola is married to actress Emily Mortimer, and together they’ve produced the popular “Doll & Em” series at HBO. This casting bodes well for “Saints,” as Chase is due for a big next project.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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