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Gandolfini’s son cast as young Tony for ‘Sopranos’ prequel

Michael Gandolfini.
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Michael Gandolfini.

NEW YORK (AP) — The son of James Gandolfini has been cast as the young Tony Soprano in the planned ‘‘Sopranos’’ prequel, ‘‘The Many Saints of Newark.’’

Michael Gandolfini will play a younger version of the iconic character his late father played on the HBO series. The 19-year-old actor has had a recurring role on HBO’s ‘‘The Deuce.’’

Gandolfini said in a statement it’s ‘‘a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy.’’ James Gandolfini died of a heart attack at the age of 51 in 2013.

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‘‘Sopranos’’ creator David Chase is producer and screenwriter for the New Line production. Alan Taylor, who directed several episodes of ‘‘The Sopranos’’ and 2013’s ‘‘Thor: The Dark World,’’ is set to direct.

‘‘The Sopranos’’ recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1999 debut.