Fans of “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini get to see the late actor deliver a haunting performance in his last movie, “The Drop,” after the trailer for the crime drama was released Monday, a year after his sudden death from a heart attack at the age of 51 in Rome.
Tom Hardy also stars in the film as ex-convict Bob Saginowski, a bartender who is trying to live his life the right way. Unfortunately, he and his friends and family get into trouble after a robbery goes awry.
“Are you doing something different?” Hardy’s character asks in the trailer. “Something that we can’t clean up this time?”
Gandolfini plays Marv, Bob’s cousin. He owns a bar that is a money "drop" for local gangsters. He has a quote during the trailer that sounds like Tony Soprano: “I had something once. I was respected. I was feared.”
Though it seems Gandolfini’s new character mirrors Tony -- the bar, the accent and the mob connections -- Marv is a very different man. Whereas Tony Soprano was a man of power and danger, Marv from "The Drop" is vulnerable and desperate.
Director Michaël Roskam told USA Today that Gandolfini never got to see the finished product. He said the actor was “so full of life on the set,” and the movie will be dedicated to his memory.
"I think we were ready for a new Gandolfini chapter," says Roskam. "He was a little older. And he had the gray hair and the beard. A new Gandolfini was emerging. Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to see more of it. But I am happy that we had this beautiful glimpse."
“The Drop” is expected to hit theaters nationwide on Sept. 12, according to the Internet Movie Database.
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