Los Angeles, Nov 21 (PTI) The big screen prequel to hit HBO series “The Sopranos” may feature actor Alessandro Nivola in a major role. Also Read - 'Close Your Legs': Judge's Advice to Woman, For Prevention of Sexual Assault, Costs Him His Job

According to Variety, the 46-year-old actor, best known for films such as “Jurassic Park III”, “Goal” series and “Disobedience”, is in negotiations to play Dickey Moltisanti in the prequel. Also Read - Umm What? Man Says He Has Been Dating A Ghost For 2 Years, But Fears She's Cheating On Him Now

In the HBO series, Moltisanti is the deceased uncle of Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, and father of Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli. Also Read - 'Dedicated to Health & Medicine': Father-Daughter Doctor Duo of Indian-Origin Die of Covid-19 in US

The character never appeared in the show as he was murdered prior to the drama’s timeline. He is credited along with Uncle Junior for establishing the New Jersey crime family.

The feature film, titled “The Many Saints of Newark”, will be directed by Alan Taylor. It has been written by show creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, reported Variety.

The prequel will be set against the backdrop of the Newark riots of the 1960s when African-Americans and Italians clashed.

Chase will produce the film via his Chase Films banner with Nicole Lambert as an executive producer.

The hit HBO series, headlined by James Gandolfini, ran for six seasons and won 21 Emmys. Edie Falco, Steven Van Zandt, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, and Tony Sirico also starred in the show.

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