The Many Saints of Newark cut a scene with an original Sopranos star

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Photo credit: New Line Cinema - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: New Line Cinema - Warner Bros.

The Many Saints of Newark, the big-screen spin-off from the hugely popular mob drama The Sopranos, nearly featured a cameo from one of the original show's fan-favourite characters, its director has revealed.

Ahead of the film's UK release on Wednesday (September 22), filmmaker Alan Taylor explained that it almost opened on a scene involving Edie Falco's Carmela Soprano.

Ultimately though, they decided it was better to go in another direction, and create some distance between the film and the original series.

Photo credit: New Line Cinema - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: New Line Cinema - Warner Bros.

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"We, believe it or not, shot a few things that included other cast members," he told NME. "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.

"She's so ridiculously talented," Taylor, who worked with Falco on Nurse Jackie, added. "She's one of these people who – and it seems to frequently be women – that manage to be perfect actors and also the sanest people you've ever met in your life."

Created by David Chase and starring the late James Gandolfini, The Sopranos followed Tony, an Italian-American mafia boss who confides in his therapist about the struggles of juggling family and criminal life in New Jersey.

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

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Gandolfini's real-life son, Michael, plays a younger version of Tony in the new prequel. The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal, Disobedience's Alessandro Nivola and The Conjuring star Vera Farmiga also feature, as Giovanni 'Johnny Boy' Soprano, Dickie Moltisanti and Tony's mother, Livia Soprano, respectively.

Ant-Man's Corey Stoll, Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr and Ray Liotta round out the cast.

The Many Saints of Newark is released in cinemas across the UK on Wednesday, September 22. It's out in US cinemas on October 1 as well as available on HBO Max.

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