Many Saints of Newark trailers previously afforded glimpses of the younger versions of all these memorable Sopranos characters, but attendees at the recent CinemaCon trade show in Las Vegas got a more substantial taste of the prequel film, including a surprising cameo via narration. The scene offered up at the Warner Bros. presentation opens at a funeral, where various characters speak in voice over as their headstones are shown. It then cuts to a ship’s dock where Tony and Dickie are walking toward a ship and messing around. Narration says, "The little fat kid is my uncle, Tony Soprano. Well, we call him my uncle, by marriage. He choked me to death." Ray Liotta’s character Hollywood Dick Moltisanti, Dickie’s father and Christopher’s grandfather, then exits the ship with a woman and meets up with Tony and Dickie.
The narrator of the scene is of course none other than Christopher Moltisanti himself – Tony was his “uncle by marriage” and Tony did in fact choke him to death in the final season of The Sopranos. Having Christopher serve as the narrator from beyond the grave indeed adds a grim cast to the proceedings, given that he’s talking about the child version of the person who will eventually end his life. It remains to be seen if Christopher’s narration continues throughout the movie or is simply used in this one scene.
Clearly the Moltisanti family is central to the story in The Many Saints of Newark, as Dickie’s father Hollywood Dick is introduced alongside Dickie (and Moltisanti literally means “many saints,” which is a clue in itself). Nothing is known about Liotta’s Hollywood Dick as the character was never mentioned in the original show, but it’s safe to assume he’s a gangster as well.