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17 March 2019, 13:31 | Updated: 21 March 2019, 08:43
The countdown is on... Fans have finally been given a release date for the cult TV show's big screen return.
Followers were left scratching their heads when the HBO series ended suddenly as the famous mob family sat down for dinner 12 years ago before the screen cut to black.
Since then they have waited patiently for more and it seems the time is now right for creator David Chase.
The prequel will be entitled Newark and has been confirmed for September 25th 2020.
Following James Gandolfini's tragic death in 2013, creator David Chase will set the movie during the Newark riots of 1960s where Italian Americans and African Americans clashed.
James' son Michael will portray a young Tony Soprano alongside star names Ray Liotta, Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, and Corey Stoll.
Michael, who has posed for pictures in the iconic restaurant booth from the Sopranos finale, said: “It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano.
“I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled."
So today’s the day I have decided to sit down and binge watch The Sopranos. From the beginning.— Jennifer MacKenzie (@jenhallwood) March 17, 2019
Details are scarce but it will be directed by Alan Taylor and will focus on events around the 1967 riots where 26 people died.
“I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time,” Chase said. “I used to go to down there every Saturday night for dinner with my grandparents.
New Sopranos film out September 2020 pic.twitter.com/uLhFveiAqj— Rich Stone (@richstone77) March 16, 2019
"But the thing that interested me most was Tony’s boyhood. I was interested in exploring that.
"The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid.”
The Sopranos is the best show of all time. Not even close.— Pat Green (@patgreen9) March 14, 2019