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Alessandro Nivola in Talks to Star in ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

Several characters from the original series are expected to appear in the film

Alessandro Nivola is in talks to star as Dickey Moltisanti in “The Many Saints Of Newark,”  which will serve as a prequel to “The Sopranos,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. The script will be written by “Sopranos” creator David Chase, with Alan Taylor is set to direct for New Line.

The film takes place in the 1960s, when riots swept through Newark, New Jersey and conflicts between African-American and Italian residents were at their worst. Several characters from “The Sopranos” are expected to appear in the film, though New Line would not disclose further plot details.

Lawrence Konner, who worked on “The Sopranos” with Chase, is listed as co-writer for the project. Chase will also produce the film and be involved in selecting the director. Chase Films’ Nicole Lambert will serve as executive producer. New Line is the production company.

“The Sopranos” is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV series ever made, winning 21 Emmys from 111 nominations during its eight-year run from 1999-2007. It was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series in every year it was eligible, becoming the first cable network show to win the award in 2004 and winning again for its final season in 2007.

Nivola’s recent credits include “American Hustle,” “Selma,” “Neon Demon,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Wizard of Lies.”

Nivola is repped by CAA and Management 360.

Variety first reported the news.