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One of the stars of Goodfellas has joined Alessandro Nivola, Michael Gandolfini and the rest of the cast for The Many Saints of Newark

If you weren’t already excited by the growing cast of The Many Saints of Newark, the feature-length prequel to The Sopranos, the latest cast announcement ought to change that.

We’ve already seen some big cast announcements, with Alessandro Nivola brought in to play Dickie Moltisanti and James Gandolfini’s son Michael getting the role of a young Tony Soprano.

However, those in charge were always likely to be able to secure some big names from the gangster movie canon, and now they have one of the biggest.

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Many members of The Sopranos’ regular cast had roles of varying size in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas.

Lorraine Bracco (Dr Melfi) was in the main cast as Karen Hill, Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo) played Billy Batts and Michael Imperioli (Chris Moltisanti) played Spider, among others.

And now Ray Liotta, the star of Scorsese’s film, has been confirmed for The Many Saints of Newark.

“I am thrilled to be working with David Chase and Alan Taylor on The Many Saints of Newark,” Liotta is quoted as saying by Deadline.

The 64-year-old actor, who was actually born in Newark, recently finished filming two new projects, including a soon-to-be-released Netflix film from Mistress America director Noah Baumbach.

Other cast members confirmed for The Many Saints of Newark include Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Vera Farmiga and Billy Magnusson.

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