“The Sopranos” Prequel is Now Casting Speaking Roles

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The upcoming Sopranos prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark” is now casting speaking roles.

According to IMDB, the upcoming Sopranos prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark” is now in pre-production and as a result, the producers are now casting lead speaking roles for the upcoming feature film.

“The Many Saints of Newark” currently stars Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Vera Farmiga. The movie will be directed by Alan Taylor off a script written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner.

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About “The Many Saints of Newark”:

The Sopranos is getting a prequel. Ending in 2007, “The Sopranos” made HBO a household name. The show won 21 Primetime Emmys and five Golden Globes. David Chase, “The Sopranos” creator, showrunner, writer and producer is leading the movie. He wrote the script with Lawrence Konner, a Sopranos staff writer.

The Many Saints of Newark is set amid the 1967 Newark riots, which Livia was seen watching live on television during a flashback in the episode “Down Neck”.

There were over a hundred race riots across America in what was dubbed “The Long Hot Summer of 1967”, as tensions boiled over as African Americans continued to face discrimination. In Newark, the start for the riot was one that still shocks the city today is the beating of a black man by police.

“That was a time when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other’s throats,” Deadline notes, “and among the gangsters of each group, those conflicts became especially lethal.”

Who is the casting director for “The Many Saints of Newark”?

David Aibel
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IMDB reports Douglas Aibel is the casting director for the upcoming feature film. Douglas Aibel is known for casting award-winning movies including “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Manchester By The Sea” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs”.

In a 2009 interview with “The New York Times”, Aibel worked multiple jobs in the entertainment industry ranging from theater to the movies. As The New York Times points out he got his first job as a casting director in his late 20s on the film “Five Corners.” The playwright John Patrick Shanley, who had written the screenplay, arranged an interview for Mr. Aibel with the director, Tony Bill. Mr. Aibel went on to cast several films directed by Tim Robbins, including “Dead Man Walking,” and by other directors, including Mr. Anderson, M. Night Shyamalan, and Noah Baumbach.

Aibel is also a “hands-on” casting director. New York Times explains, “He reads with every actor, even if the role is for a nonprofessional or a child, both of which can require time-consuming searches.” Moreover, Aibel is known for his out-of-the-box casting ideas. “The unconventional choice, the out-of-fashion choice — that’s what you die for. The best thing a director can feel is surprise,” Aibel explains.

How to audition for a speaking role

For a movie, this big, casting directors are contacting talent through talent agencies. If you are interested in a speaking role in the upcoming new movie, contact your talent agent for an audition. If you do not have an agent, check out our guide to landing an acting agent here.

Related: How to Find Acting Auditions and Casting Calls

Please do not apply, if you are not local or if you do not fit the description.

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