Michael Gandolfini joins cast of Marvel superhero revival in ‘major role’ on Disney+ – NJ.com

Michael Gandolfini at the 2022 Gotham Awards Nov. 28 in New York. The "Many Saints of Newark" actor's star is rising.Dia Dipasupil | WireImage
Michael Gandolfini jumped into the spotlight last year playing a young Tony Soprano in the “Sopranos” prequel movie “The Many Saints of Newark.”
Now Gandolfini is poised to join a superhero story.
Deadline reports that the actor has been cast in an upcoming Daredevil series revival for Marvel.
Gandolfini will play an unknown “major role” in the Disney+ series “Daredevil: Born Again,” the outlet reports, adding that the part could possibly be “an ambitious guy from Staten Island” named Liam.
The show is a revival of the Marvel “Daredevil” series that ran from 2015 to 2018 on Netflix and is now on Disney+. Charlie Cox reprises the role of Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights crime by night in New York City (Cox also appears as Murdock in the Disney+ series “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law” and the 2021 movie “Spider-Man: No Way Home”).
In the new series, Gandolfini joins stars Cox (Owen Sleater on ”Boardwalk Empire”) and Vincent D’Onofrio, who reprises the role of the gangster Kingpin, aka Wilson Fisk. The show is written and produced by Chris Ord and Matt Corman (creators of USA Network’s ”Covert Affairs”).
Gandolfini, 23, is the son of James Gandolfini, who grew up in Park Ridge and originated the role of New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano, for which he won three Emmys. The actor died suddenly in 2013, when he was 51.
Michael Gandolfini as a young Tony Soprano in "The Many Saints of Newark."Warner Bros./HBO Max
His son’s resume has been expanding over the past few years with roles in movies and TV, including “The Many Saints of Newark,” filmed in New Jersey. The David Chase-penned movie, set in the ’60s and ‘70s, included a Tony Soprano origin story and was released in theaters and on HBO Max in October 2021.
Gandolfini also appears in the Peacock political thriller “The Independent,” released in November, and the Paramount+ series “The Offer,” which debuted in April, telling the story of the making of the iconic 1972 film “The Godfather.”
He also has a role in the upcoming movie “Cat Person,” which is based on the 2017 viral New Yorker short story and filmed in New Jersey with stars Nicholas Braun (Cousin Greg from “Succession”) and Emilia Jones (”Locke & Key”).
Gandolfini, who studied at New York University, previously appeared in the HBO series “The Deuce” and the Russo brothers Apple TV+ movie “Cherry,” starring Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo (”Red Band Society”).
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