Sopranos prequel Newark rounds out cast with Michela De Rossi

While production on Newark, the upcoming prequel film of HBO’s groundbreaking The Sopranos, is expected to begin soon, the film has just rounded out its cast. Per Deadline, the film has added Italian actress Michela De Rossi (Boys Cry) has filled the film’s final major lead role for the anticipated prequel.

Not much has been revealed about her character, but according to Deadline she will play an “ambitious Italian immigrant who comes to America and settles in Newark.” This will mark De Rossi’s first role in North America after appearing on television in Italy, namely the series I topi (The Rats) and the film Boys Cry.

Scripted by The Sopranos creator David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, the film will take place during the era of the Newark riots in the ’60s when African Americans and Italian Americans in the city were at each other’s throats,
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