‘The Many Saints of Newark': See Michael Gandolfini in ‘Sopranos’ Prequel First Look (Photo)

Film takes place in 1960s

Production is currently underway on “The Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark,” and first look photos of a young Tony Soprano has surfaced on Comingsoon.net. Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, is playing the young version of the character his father originated in “The Sopranos.”

Check out one of the photos of a young Tony below:

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“The Many Saints of Newark” is set in the 1960s during the Newark riots, five days of violence in the New Jersey city sparked by the beating of a black man by white police officers. At the time it was especially lethal among African American and Italian American gangsters involved in the fighting — 26 people died and more than 700 people were injured during the riot.

Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”), who helmed 9 episodes of the groundbreaking HBO series, is directing the film co-written by “The Sopranos” series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner.

Chase and Konner will also produce. Nicole Lambert, on behalf of Chase Films, and Marcus Viscidi are executive producing.

Michael Gandolfini’s previous credits include several episodes of HBO’s “The Deuce,” and “Ocean’s 8.” He joins previously announced cast members Corey Stoll, illy Magnussen, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola, who is playing Dickie Moltisanti in the film.