Original 'Sopranos' Star Steven Van Zandt Helps Provide Input to Prequel Movie

The Silvio Dante depicter reveals he is apparently involved in upcoming 'The Sopranos' prequel movie 'The Many Saints of Newark' as a consultant along with his wife.

AceShowbiz - Rocker-turned-actor Steven Van Zandt revisited his days on "The Sopranos" to serve as a consultant on the new prequel film, "The Many Saints of Newark".

The E Street Band star portrayed Silvio Dante in the classic mob drama, and series creator David Chase, who wrote the upcoming movie adaptation, decided to call on Van Zandt to share his thoughts on early edits as he worked to perfect the project.

"I saw several of the early cuts," the musician said in a recent SiriusXM interview. "He's been tinkering now with it for a couple of years. So it may be a whole different movie by the time I see it again."

"He wanted me and (wife and fellow Sopranos actress) Maureen to see it and give him some input. Silvio is in it, just 30 years earlier."

The younger version of his character is played by John Magaro while the prequel's Tony Soprano is portrayed by Michael Gandolfini, the real life son of late "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini.

Although Chase wanted feedback from the Van Zandts regarding the plot points, he didn't seek out any advice about the film's score because it's one of the writer/producer's favourite parts of working in Hollywood.

"That's the love of his life, doing the music, so he didn't need me for that," smiled the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

"The Many Saints of Newark", which also stars Ray Liotta, Vera Farmiga, Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., and Jon Bernthal, is set for simultaneous release in U.S. theatres and on streaming platform HBO Max on 1 October (21).

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