Budding actor Michael Gandolfini has been cast to play the role originated by his dad in David Chase's The Many Saints of Newark, reports Deadline. "The late actor’s son has been gaining experience and had a breakout turn on the HBO drama series The Deuce," according to Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. "His resemblance to Tony Soprano is uncanny. The filmmakers engaged in an extensive audition process to find the young Tony before Gandolfini won the role. Insiders said that his screen presence, mastery of Tony’s mannerisms, coupled with his resemblance to the elder Gandolfini made him the standout choice for the role because no one there understood the character better, the insiders said." Michael Gandolfini was 13 years old in June 2013 when he discovered his dad collapsed in the bathroom of their hotel room in Italy. James Gandolfini was later pronounced dead at age 51. “It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Michael Gandolfini said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.”
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer agreed with Dave Becky to have his name removed after he was accused of assisting Louis CK in helping to cover up sexual misconduct allegations against the disgraced comedian. Becky's production company, 3 Arts Entertainment, will continue to have a producing credit. Becky, whose clients include Amy Poehler, Kevin Hart and Aziz Ansari, remains credited as a producer on shows like Forever, Making It, I Feel Bad and the upcoming Netflix series Russian Doll.
Lil Rel Howery has yet to comment on the sudden death of Barnett at age 32 while vacationing in Mexico, but fellow comedians expressed sadness over his passing. "Kevin Barnett was an incredible comedian and writer, contributing to Broad City, the stand-up community and beyond. He’ll be greatly missed," tweeted Comedy Central. Former SNL star Brooks Wheelan added: "He was the nicest/funniest/meanest/best friend a person could ever hope to have."