Rose Byrne goes full fashionista in chunky gold jewelry and a ruffled dress as she holds hands with Bobby Canavale at The Many Saints of Newark red carpet premiere in NYC
- The Many Saints of Newark is set nearly 40 years before The Sopranos series and tracks the rise of Tony Soprano from troubled teen to powerful mob boss
- The series was plagued with push backs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The prequel was slated for a 2020 release but will now be released on October 1 in theaters and simultaneously on HBO Max
Sopranos fans will get a closer look at the rise of their favorite mob boss in the highly-anticipated prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, which hits theaters on October 1.
And stars turned out in droves on Wednesday evening to attend the crime-drama’s premiere at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Rose Byrne went full fashionista in a striking black halter dress and chunky gold jewelry as she walked the red carpet hand-in-hand with boyfriend Bobby Cannavale.
The 42-year-old actress’s curve-clinging dress featured a notch neck and ruffles from the waist down.
Her lightened brunette strands were styled into a chin updo, with her bangs left out to frame her face.
Byrne’s wrists were decked out in dueling wrist cuffs, while a pair of hoops hung from her ears.
The Bridesmaid’s star gave her red carpet-ready look a pop of color by tossing her belongings into a multi-colored purse.
Cannavale, who has been romantically linked to Byrne since 2017, looked sharp in an all-black getup consisting of an impeccably tailored suit jacket, dress shirt, and slacks.
Sopranos veteran Edie Falco highlighted her impressively fit figure in a pair of faux leather trousers and a black button up blouse with light pink stripes.
The 58-year-old actress, who famously played Tony Sopranos’ wife Carmela on the HBO series, wore her signature blonde strands in voluminous waves and rocked a minimal makeup look.
Carmela was Tony’s trophy wife who decided to turn a blind eye to his many affairs and means of income and focus instead on the income itself.
Director Alan Taylor recently revealed that although Edie filmed a scene for The Many Saints Of Newark, it was not included in the film’s final cut.
‘We had Edie come in and she dressed up as Carmela and we shot something with her and it wound up not being in the final movie but it was a great excuse to see her again,’ he told NME.
Edie was later spotted in the midst of a reunion with Sopranos costar Aida Turturro, who famously played Tony’s elder sister Janice.
The 58-year-old actress put on a leggy display in a black mini dress with a pink patterned shirt over top.
More of the Sopranos original cast and crew were in attendance on Wednesday evening, including actress Lorraine Bracco and series creator David Chase.
Bracco, who played Tony’s psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, could hardly contain her joy as she wrapped her arms around her former coworker and longtime pal Chase.
Chase brought along his daughter Michele DeCesare, who had a recurring role on the series as one of Tony Sopranos’ daughter Meadow’s closest pals Hunter.
James Gandolfini’s son Michael, who will portray teenage Tony Soprano in the forthcoming feature, hit the red carpet in a stylish beige suit jacket and matching trousers.
The 22-year-old also had on a blue and white striped dress shirt and a pair of black leather shoes.
Michael braved the premiere’s step-and-repeat with a lovely blonde by his side. The pair cozied up to one another for several shots.
Eventually, the actor made sure to mingle with some of his costars, including The Conjuring’s Vera Farmiga and The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal.
Farmiga took the plunge in a stunning floor-length fuchsia gown, which she accessorized with a single strand of pearls.
The 48-year-old actress, who will portray a younger version of Tony Sopranos’ mother Livia, wore her jaw-length brunette hair slightly curled and she drew attention to her plump pout with a soft application of lipstick.
Vera was joined by her hunky husband Renn Hawkey, who she shared kisses with on the red carpet.
She married the 47-year-old musician in 2008 and they are parents to two daughters, 12-year-old Fynn and 10-year-old Gytta.
Jon Bernthal looked suave in a fitted suit and a bright white button-up shirt as he struck poses in front of The Many Saints Of Newark backdrop.
Hollywood heavyweight Robert De Niro was also in attendance with his producing partner Jane Rosenthal.
Ray Liotta, who stars in The Many Saints of Newark, had his fiancee Jacy Nittolo by his side on Wednesday evening.
The 66-year-old actor rocked a pitch black suit, while his leading lady dazzled in a gold jumpsuit.
Leslie Odom Jr., who stars in the soon-to-be release film, showed off his funky side in a unique suit jacket and pants covered in two-dimensional hands. He also kept his hands out of sight with a pair of grey arm-length gloves.
Ethan Hawke rode solo as he arrived in a charcoal grey suit and matching tie to The Many Saints Of Newark premiere.
The Many Saints of Newark stars John Magaro and Alessandro Nivola kept it classic in their suits of choice.
Nivola, 49, cozied up to his wife Emily Mortimer, who looked classically beautiful in figure-hugging black dress with mesh sleeves.
Alexandra Intrator, who plays young Janice, put her best foot forward in a black dress with a dramatic leg slit. The actress wore her dark brunette hair down and rocked a bright red lip.
Marcia Gay Harden looked demure in an all-black getup consisting of a black cropped jacket with silver buttons and a pair of tight fitting slacks.
Michela De Rossi and Grace Van Patten brought the glamour in fashion-forward ensembles, with Rossi stunning a white power suit and Patten showcasing her wild side in a cheetah print dress.
Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz, who is set to play an unknown character in the film, flashed the ‘hang loose’ symbol as he beamed on the red carpet.
The Many Saints of Newark revisits David Chase’s Sopranos universe, which came to a close in 2007 after six successful seasons on HBO.
The series, which boasts an impressive 21 Emmy wins, is credited for kickstarting the ‘golden age of television,’ which encouraged the use of complex storytelling and character development on the small screen.
The Sopranos also turned the late James Gandolfini (who played Tony Soprano) and actress Edie Falco (who played Tony’s wife Carmela) into household names.
Gandolfini tragically passed away at the age of 51 after suffering a heart attack in June 2013.
His now 22-year-old son Michael is stepping into his shoes to portray teenage Tony Soprano in the soon-to-be released The Many Saints of Newark, which will take a look at the mob boss’ formative years.
In contrast to its description, critics have since indicated that The Many Saints of Newark works as a strong stand alone film, but might fall short in the nostalgia department.
THE SOPRANOS CAST: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE
It was the series that remade TV – scooping dozens of awards and making stars out of its cast along the way.
The Sopranos first aired 22 years ago this January, before wrapping up 86 episodes and six seasons later, in 2007.
Now, as Michael Gandolfini – son of leading man James Gandolfini – prepares to play his father’s character Tony Soprano in a prequel film, Mail Online examines what happened to the cast since the curtain dropped.
James Gandolfini – Tony Soprano
Playing an anxiety-prone mob boss juggling the demands of his figurative family – the Mafia – with his literal family was breakout star of the show, James Gandolfini.
Balancing the ruthlessness expected of a mob boss with a repressed emotional side and the tenderness requires of a family patriarch, Gandolfini’s portrayal earned him three Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Golden Globe.
Sadly, the actor passed away in 2013 aged 51 while on holiday with his family in Rome from a heart attack.
He was found unconscious on his hotel floor by son Michael who alerted the emergency services, but was pronounced dead in hospital.
Michael, now aged 22, is currently portraying a young Tony Soprano in prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, due for release in 2021.
Edie Falco – Carmela Soprano
Tony’s trophy wife who decided to turn a blind eye to his many affairs and means of income and focus instead on the income itself.
Living a life of luxury did not solve all of Carmela’s problems, however, as she struggled to raise her two children against a backdrop of immorality and violence.
Falco, who won three Emmys, two Golden Globes and five Screen Actors Guild Awards as Carmela, went on to star as the eponymous hero in series Nurse Jackie.
She also worked alongside Louis C.K. in web series Horace and Pete, and as attorney Leslie Abramson in Law & Order True Crime.
In 2011 she also won a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves. Edie stayed in the HBO family as the title character in Nurse Jackie from 2009-2015.
She will portray Hillary Clinton in season three of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series American Crime Story in September 2021 which follows President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal and impeachment.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler – Meadow Soprano
Growing up as the child of a notorious mobster comes with its challenges, especially for the principled Meadow – who struggles to reconcile how her father makes his money with the benefits it brings her.
Aged 17 when The Sopranos first aired, she carved out an acting career for herself in parallel with the TV series.
She appeared in a Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast as Belle between 2002 and 2003, and played the titular character in Cinderella at Madison Square Garden in 2001.
Since the series wrapped she has made sporadic TV appearances, including as herself in two series of HBO’s Entourage.
She has also featured in episodes of How I Met Your Mother and Ugly Betty, and appeared in the music video for The Lonely Island’s song Jizz In My Pants.
Sigler dabbed in other fields – releasing an album in 2001 that flopped and she later said had embarrassed her – and modeled in FHM.
Robert Iler – AJ Soprano
The youngest child of Tony and Carmela, he starts the series as the innocent if badly-behaved tearaway of the family who fails to live up to his father’s many expectations.
As the series goes on his innocence is shattered and he begins to exhibit all of Tony’s negative traits, leading to a battle with depression.
Robert had featured in commercial for Pizza Hut and bit-parts on SNL before he was cast as AJ aged just 13.
He appeared sporadically in other TV roles while the show was on air – including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – and just one since, also in Law & Order.
In 2001, Robert was arrested for armed robbery of two Brazilian tourists in the Upper East Side and possession of marijuana and was given three years’ probation. After suffering from substance abuse he became sober in 2013.
Lorraine Bracco – Jennifer Melfi
Tony’s psychiatrist and outlet for his anxiety and deeply repressed emotions, Jennifer was both fascinated and repulsed by the mobster.
Advised by her colleagues, loved ones and her own better nature to part ways with Tony, she never-the-less commits to helping him through his troubles.
Bracco was a former model, the wife of Harvey Kietel, and starred in mobster mega-hit Goodfellas alongside Robert de Niro before landing her Sopranos role.
While creator David Chase wanted her to play Carmela, Bracco said she would only sign on if she was allowed to take the role of Dr Melfi.
She appeared extensively in other shows and films during The Sopranos’ run, including Riding In Cars With Boys and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
Since the series wrapped, she has starred in TV movie Long Island Confidential, series I Married a Mobster and Blue Bloods, and as a voice actor in Bojack Horseman.
Most recently, Bracco purchased a 200-year-old home in Sambuca di Sicilia, Italy for just one euro which she went on to renovate for the HGTV series My Big Italian Adventure.
Michael Imperioli – Christopher Moltisanti
Tony’s distantly-related cousin, fellow mobster, and chosen protege – Christopher is driven by a desire for success and notoriety that sees him at odds with Tony’s ‘strong, silent type’ image and butting heads with his older ‘colleagues’.
His character is also a drug addict who is frequently abusive to his partner, and is ultimately whacked.
He scooped a Primetime Emmy for his portrayal in 2004.
An experienced actor before the series began – starring alongside Bracco in Goodfellas, along with appearances in Jungle Fever, Bad Boys and Malcolm X – he has appeared extensively in film and TV since.
Imperioli played Detective Ray Carling in the US adaptation of British cop show Life On Mars, and followed fellow Sopranos cast members into the Law & Order series, playing NYPD Detective Nick Falco.
He played Detective Louis Fitch in the ABC police drama Detroit 1-8-7 until it was cancelled, and in 2008 he achieved character Christopher’s dream of writing a feature film, entitled The Hungry Ghosts.
Michael had stints on several series since The Sopranos like Californication, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods.
Andrea Donna de Matteo – Adriana La Cerva
Christopher’s girlfriend-turned-wife, she is vain, obsessed with money and material goods, and desperate for fame.
Often a victim of violence at Christopher’s hand, she turns mole in the later series but refuses to give up the family’s deepest secrets.
Matteo won a Primetime Emmy award for the role in 2004, alongside Imperioli.
She used her Sopranos fame to launch a silver screen career, including appearances in Swordfish, Assault on Precinct 13, Dark Places, and Sex, Death and Bowling.
Matteo has also appeared in numerous TV shows since The Sopranos ended, including as Joey Tribbiani’s sister Gina in Friends spin-off Joey.
She also starred in Sons of Anarchy, Desperate Housewives, CSI: Miami, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Dominic Chianese – Corrado ‘Junior’ Soprano
Tony’s petulant, resentful, power-hungry uncle who conspires with his mother early on to have him whacked so he can assume control of the family.
Out-played at the game of power by Tony he is ultimately left frail and confused after suffering from dementia.
Good friends with Al Pacino, Chianese was well-known before The Sopranos started having starred in The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice For All, and Looking for Richard.
He continued to find work well into his 80s, including voice acting in Mr. Popper’s Penguins as well as TV appearances in Boardwalk Empire and The Good Wife.
He appeared this year in new NBC drama The Village, about a Brooklyn apartment block and the people who live in it. The star celebrated his 90th birthday in February 2021.
Aida Turturro – Janice Soprano
Tony’s older, new-agey sister who fled her family’s troubles rather than stay and confront them, she returns to New Jersey and immerses herself in mob life.
Work-shy, manipulative and amoral, she has a love-hate relationship with Tony, born out of their shared childhood trauma.
Following the series finale in 2007, Turturro has appeared sporadically in film and TV, following many Sopranos alumni into roles in Blue Bloods and Law & Order.
In 2012 she was reunited with Edie Flaco in an episode of Nurse Jackie, while also appearing in ER, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Brooklyn Nine Nine.
Aida debuted a weight loss transformation in 2020 when she appeared much slimmed down in the Blacklist.
Tony Sirico – Paulie Gualtieri
One of Tony’s right-hand men, Paulie is as vicious as he is paranoid, often carrying out hits on his boss’s enemies and disloyal friends alike.
His loyalty to Tony – alongside his killing temperament – see him rise through the ranks to become underboss of the DiMeo crime family.
Sirico was born in Brooklyn and as a teenager he was part of a real-life street gang, and was once seen associating with Colombo family Caporegime Jimmy ‘Green Eyes’ Clemenza, along with fellow Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore.
A real-life gangster who spent parts of his youth in jail, Tony Sirico (right in 2016) agree to play paranoid mobster Paulie Gualtieri (left) on one condition – he never becomes a snitch
He served time in jail for robbery and felony arms possession before deciding to give acting a try after being visited by a troupe of reformed convicts behind bars.
He initially tried out for the role of Junior was was persuaded into taking on Paulie on one condition – the character would never become a snitch.
Following The Sopranos he has made sporadic appearances in TV and films, including Family Guy, American Dad!, and Lilyhammer.
Steve Van Zandt – Silvio Dante
Silvio is the calm, collected, and ever-stylish owner of the gang’s hangout spot and headquarters – a strip club called the Bada Bing!
Another of Tony’s trusted advisers, he is often selected to carry out high-level assassinations, including on Christopher’s girlfriend, Adriana.
Zandt was famous long before The Sopranos though for a profession other than acting. He was, and still is, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band where he plays guitar and mandolin.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Springsteen, he also founded his own band – Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul – in the 1980s.
Zandt continued to pursue acting after Sopranos, starring in and co-writing Netflix series Lilyhammer, which also starred Tony Sirico.
He also appeared in Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles in 2018.
Steve R Schirripa – Bobby Baccalieri
An unusual character within the mob world, Bobby Baccalieri was portrayed as lovable, kind-hearted, loyal to his wife, and caring of others.
A senior member of Junior’s crew, he ends up caring for his former boss when he suffers from cancer, and marries Tony’s sister Janice.
Schirripa has appeared regularly in both film and TV since his role as Baccalieri ended, including on series Blue Bloods.
He has also diversified away from acting and writes books playing on his mob persona, as well as children’s stories.
Schirripa made a Nickelodeon film from his kid’s book Nicky Deuce and in 2014 launched his own range of vegan pasta sauces.