GOODFELLAS STAR Ray Liotta is set to join the cast of The Many Saints Of Newark.
According to Deadline, Liotta’s name has been added to the impressive list of acting talents already signed up to star in The Sopranos sequel film.
Those names include Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Corey Stoll, and Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini.
Based on a script from David Chase and Lawrence Konner, The Many Saints Of Newark centres on the famous Newark riots of the 1960s when when African Americans and Italian Americans clashes across the City.
Details surrounding the plot remain scarce, with those involved in the project staying tight-lipped on what fans can expect from the film and which characters from the original series will be returning.
“I am thrilled to be working with David Chase and Alan Taylor on The Many Saints of Newark,” Liotta told Deadline.
“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.”
Best known for his breakout role in Goodfellas, Liotta is the 27th actor from the Martin Scorsese classic to appear in The Sopranos franchise.
A huge hit in the UK and Ireland when it first aired in the late 1990s and early 2000s, The Sopranos was held together by a towering performance from Gandolfini, who passed away suddenly on holiday in Rome back in June 2013, aged just 51.
His son Michael will be hoping to fill his sizeable shoes on The Many Saints Of Newark after being cast as a younger version of Tony Soprano, the character made popular by his father, in the new film.