Ray Liotta is going back to his mobster movie roots.
The actor is joining the cast of “The Many Saints Of Newark,” “The Sopranos” prequel movie.
Co-written by “Sopranos” series creator David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, “The Many Saints of Newark” is set amid the Newark riots in the 1960s, when African Americans and Italian Americans clashed.
Liotta, who was actually born and raised in Newark, is the latest “Goodfellas” actor to appear in “The Sopranos” universe. In total, 27 cast members crossed over, including Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Frank Vincent and Tony Sirico.
Last month, the prequel movie cast Michael Gandolfini, the son of James Gandolfini, to play the younger version of Tony Soprano.
“The Many Saints of Newark” focuses on Dickie Moltisanti, Tony’s uncle, to be played by Alessandro Nivola. “Uncle Dickie” is a mob soldier who eventually dies at the hands of a crooked cop in the ’70s.
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