How the Cast of The Many Saints of Newark Compares to the Original SopranosCharacters

Twenty-something years after the events of The Many Saints of Newark, Tony Soprano is in his therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi’s chair. Over the course of The Sopranos, Dr. Melfi spends hours, days, and years digging through Tony’s childhood trauma with him, trying to determine what triggers his panic attacks, and how it all began.

Finally, we have an answer.

Who made Tony Soprano? asks the movie poster of The Many Saints of Newark, the highly anticipated prequel of perhaps HBO’s most iconic show of all time. The film offers its answer by way of a glimpse into Tony’s childhood and teenage years, in which he is impacted and influenced irreversibly by his family, his city, and his surroundings. Michael Imperioli is the only actor who reprises his Sopranos role in the prequel, as he narrates the film as Christopher Moltisanti from the future. The rest of the cast is new—some brand new, and others younger versions of beloved Sopranos characters. Here’s who’s who.

Alessandro Nivola as Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti

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Alessandro Nivola plays Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti, Christopher Moltisanti’s father and Tony Soprano’s beloved uncle.

Leslie Odom Jr. as Harold McBrayer

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Leslie Odom Jr. plays Harold McBrayer, a childhood friend turned business partner of Dickie’s.

Jon Bernthal as Giovanni “Johnny” Soprano

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Jon Bernthal plays Giovanni “Johnny” Soprano, Tony Soprano’s tough father.

Ray Liotta as Aldo “Hollywood Dick” Moltisanti and Salvatore “Sally” Moltisanti

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Ray Liotta plays twin brothers Aldo “Hollywood Dick” Moltisanti and Salvatore “Sally” Moltisanti. “Hollywood Dick” is Dickie’s father and Christopher’s grandfather, while his brother Sally is in prison.

      Michela De Rossi as Giuseppina Bruno

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      Michela De Rossi plays Giuseppina Bruno, an Italian woman who Dickie falls in love with.

      Gabriella Piazza as Joanne Moltisanti

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      Gabriella Piazza plays Joanne Moltisanti, Dickie’s wife and Christopher’s mother.

      Michael Gandolfini as young Tony Soprano, originated by his father James

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      Vera Farmiga as Livia Soprano, originated by Nancy Marchand

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      Corey Stoll as Junior Soprano, originated by Dominic Chianese

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      Billy Magnussen as Paulie Walnuts, originated by Tony Sirico

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      John Magaro as Silvio Dante, originated by Steven Van Zandt

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      Samson Moeakiola as Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero, originated by Vincent Pastore

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      Alexandra Intrator as Janice Soprano, originated by Aida Turturro

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      Lauren Kranc is an editorial assistant at Esquire, where she covers pop culture and television, with entirely too narrow of an expertise on Netflix dating shows.

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