To better prepare for his role as young Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie Newark, Michael Gandolfini went back to the place where it all ended: the iconic booth at the Bloomfield, New Jersey, diner Holsten’s that was the setting for The Sopranos‘ enigmatic final scene.
People shared a photo of the younger Gandolfini — who will play a younger version of the character created by his late father James Gandolfini in the ’60s-set prequel — sitting in the booth where Tony may or may not have died, which bears a placard that says “This booth reserved for the Soprano family.”
In the Sopranos‘ finale, “Made in America,” Tony is joined in the booth by his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and his son A.J. (Robert Iler) for a quiet dinner. While they’re waiting for Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) to join them after she parks, the screen suddenly goes black, which may indicate that Tony was shot in the back of the head in that moment by a man in a Member’s Only jacket.
Newark is in production now for a September 2020 release. In addition to Gandolfini, the cast includes Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, and Ray Liotta.
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