Ray Liotta, who played Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s classic mobster movie Goodfellas, is joining another gangster film. Liotta will play an unspecified role in the Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, joining other cast members such as Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, and Billy Magnussen, according to Deadline. Michael Gandolfini will play Tony Soprano, a role his late father portrayed in the HBO show.
The Many Saints of Newark is set in the ’60s during the Newark race riots. Sopranos TV show creator David Chase co-wrote the script with another Sopranos veteran, Lawrence Konner. Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is directing.
Liotta grew up in Newark in the ’60s, and according to Deadline, the actor has a “personal connection to the story.”
“David’s talent is unmatched and the directing of Alan Taylor makes this even more exciting. I respect them both immensely and look forward to making this special project with New Line,” Liotta told Deadline.
Nivola plays Dickie Moltisanti in The Many Saints of Newark. He is the father of Christopher Moltisanti, who was played by Michael Imperioli in the TV series.
In other mobster movie news, the eerie first teaser for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman starring Robert de Niro and Al Pacino has arrived–watch it here.