The highly-anticipated film The Many Saints Of Newark, the prequel to the hit HBO series The Sopranos, premiered at the Beacon Theater in New York City on Wednesday, as part of The Tribeca Film Festival.
Vera Farmiga, who plays Tony’s mother, Livia Soprano, joined many of her castmates on the red carpet, which included Michael Gandolfini, who portrays a young Anthony ‘Tony’ Soprano that was made famous by his late father James Gandolfini.
With a mix of elegance and sex appeal, the actress showed off her incredible figure wearing a plunging red dress and carried a matching purse clutch.
Stunner: Vera Farmiga, 48, stunned in a plunging red dress at the highly-anticipated premiere of The Many Saints of Newark at the Beacon Theater in New York City on Wednesday
The longtime leading lady accessorized with a pearl necklace and a couple of rings, and had her dark brown tresses styled just shy of shoulder length, with a part slightly to the left.
After striking a number of poses solo, Farmiga’s husband, Renn Hawke, joined her on the red carpet, where they proceeded to pack on the PDA.
The couple, who has been married for 13 years, put on an amorous display as they kissed in front of the cameras
Hawkey, a musician, looked handsome in an all-black ensemble consisting of fitted pants, dress shirt, tie, blazer and boots.
Pack the PDA: Farmiga also shared the red carpet spotlight with husband Renn Hawkey
Pivotal role: The actress plays Tony Soprano’s mother Livia Soprano in the prequel to the hit HBO series The Sopranos, which ended its six-season run in 2007
Farmiga also chatted it up with with Gandolfini, who wore a beige suit, and Jon Bernthal (Giovanni ‘Johnny Boy’ Soprano, Tony’s father), who looked dapper in dark blue suit and a white dress shirt combo.
Chase co-wrote The Saints Of Newark with Lawrence Konner, and it was directed by Alan Taylor, who worked behind the camera on the television show for nine episodes.
Set in the 1960s, the film focuses on the Newark Riots of 1967, all while examining the young Tony Soprano and his rise to power.
Man in black: Hawkey, a musician, looked handsome in an all-black ensemble consisting of fitted pants, dress shirt, tie, blazer, and boots
‘I was against [the movie] for a long time and I’m still very worried about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place,’ Chase explained, as reported by Deadline.
‘The movie will deal with the tensions between the Blacks and Whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid.’
Chase considered making a follow-up film to the hugely popular series for years following its startling cut-to-black 2007 finale, but James Gandolfini’s death in 2013 ended that possibility.
As a result, the idea for the prequel began taking shape.
Hamming it up: Farmiga was joined on the red carpet at the Beacon Theater by many of her castmates, including Jon Bernthal (Giovanni ‘Johnny Boy’ Soprano, Tony’s father) and Michael Gandolfini (Anthony ‘Tony’ Soprano), who’s the son of James Gandolfini, the actor who originally played Tony on the HBO series The Sopranos from 1999 through 2007
The film also stars Alessandro Nivola (Dickie Moltisanti, Christopher Moltisanti’s father), Corey Stoll (Corrado ‘Junior’ Soprano Jr.), Ray Liotta (Aldo ‘Hollywood Dick’ Moltisanti), Billy Magnussen (Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri), John Magaro (Silvio Dante), Samson Moeakiola (Salvatore ‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero), Alexandra Intrator (Janice Soprano), Chase Vacnin (Jackie Aprile), Robert Vincent Montano (Artie Bucco), Michela De Rossi (Giuseppina Bruno), Gabriella Piazza (Joanne Moltisanti), Leslie Odom Jr. (Harold McBrayer), Joey Diaz and Nick Vallelonga.
The Many Saints of Newark was initially scheduled to be released on September 25, 2020, but due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on theaters and the film industry as a whole, it was pushed back to March 12, 2021.
It would be delayed two more times to be able to debut during the film festival circuit, and is now set to drop simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max for 31 days on October 1.
Coming: The Many Saints Of Newark will be released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max for 31 days on October 1; Farmiga is seen talking with co-stars Bernthal and Gandolfini