Joining four of his former castmates from The Sopranos, James Gandolfini has signed on for a cameo role in Nickoldeon's made-for-TV kids' movie entitled Nicky Deuce. Taking a comedic turn, Gandolfini will play a two-bit hood named Bobby Eggs who has a run-in with the titular Nicky (played by teen actor Noah Munck) that leaves Eggs scrambled.
Best known for his iconic role as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, Gandolfini filmed his scenes over the weekend. Currently shooting in Montreal, Nicky Deuce is an adaptation of a children's book of the same name co-written by Steve Schirripa, who portrayed the sheepish Bobby Baccalieri in the landmark HBO mafia drama and will also produce and star in the film.
The story is about a nerdy, over-protected teenager named Nicholas Borelli II who spends his summer vacation in Brooklyn, New York, with an uncle (Schirripa) and other Italian-American family members he didn't know he had. During his stay, Nicholas undergoes a metamorphosis into "Nicky Deuce" after being confronted with some shady dealings and uncovering family secrets. Nicky gets caught up in the adventure of a lifetime and learns that the mean streets of Brooklyn aren't always what they seem.
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the unofficial Sopranos reunion will also include Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, and Vincent Curatola as they came to work with Schirripa on his project. Nicky Deuce is scheduled to premiere in the US on Nickolodeon and in Canada on YTV sometime next year.
Since we will never see a Sopranos movie (spoiler alert: most of their characters died), this is probably the closest we'll get. As long as it's not mind-numbingly stupid like most children's fare, I'll be checking it out. Is this Sopranos cast reunion a "Bada Bing" or a "Fageddaboutit" for you?