Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga are set to join the cast of New Line’s “The Many Saints of Newark,” a prequel movie to the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos.”
New Line could not be reached for comment on the casting.
Plot details are vague other than the film being set during the Newark riots in the ’60s. The exact roles of Bernthal and Farmiga have yet to be revealed. More players from the “Sopranos” lore are expected to be joining the cast.
Series creator David Chase co-wrote the script with producer Lawrence Konner. Alan Taylor is directing “The Many Saints of Newark,” while Nicole Lambert and Marcus Viscidi will serve as executive producers. Chase has been hands on from the get go in the casting process hand picking Alessandro Nivola to play Dickie Moltisanti, along with Bernthal and Farmiga in their mystery roles.
Jon Bernthal is negotiating to join Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford V. Ferrari, the James Mangold-directed Fox drama about the battle between the two premiere car makers to win Le Mans in 1966. Bernthal is in talks to play Lee Iacocca, a key marketing exec at Ford during the 60s and later a symbol of the resilience of the American auto industry when he headed Chrysler.
Jon Bernthal has wrapped a starring role in the Steve McQueen-directed Widows for New Regency and See-Saw Films. He plays a member of a heist crew in a film that McQueen wrote with Gillian Flynn with a revision by Scott Z. Burns. He stars alongside Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez.
This comes as the actor who popped in The Walking Dead completed a summer where he starred in the Edgar Wright-directed Baby Driver, the Taylor Sheridan-directed Wind River, the Rick Roman Waugh-directed Shot Caller, and the Brendan Muldowney-directed Pilgrimage.
Bernthal, who’s also back as the title character in Netflix’s Daredevil spinoff series The Punisher, will next star alongside Ryan Gosling and Kyle Chandler in First Man, the Damien Chazelle-directed drama for Universal about Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon. Bernthal will play Dave Scott, one of the astronauts in the manned space program who was a pilot and partner of Armstrong on Gemini VIII mission. That film shoots in Atlanta in November.
WME and Burstein Company rep Bernthal, who’s on course to be carrying movies on his own based on this pace. He is also expected to reprise alongside Ben Affleck in The Accountant sequel that Gavin O’Connor is planning to direct at Warner Bros.