Leslie Odom Jr. has joined the ensemble for "Newark," the 1960s-set, movie prequel to "The Sopranos." The "Hamilton" alum's other credits include "Smash," "Person of Interest" and "Murder on the Orient Express." Variety and Deadline.com reported his casting, but did not say who he will play. Warner Bros. and New Line announced last week that the film previously known as "The Many Saints of Newark" would be released in theaters on Sept. 25, 2020. Production is to begin this spring on the film, which takes place during the Newark riots when Italian Americans and African Americans clashed in the streets. "The Sopranos" creator David Chase co-wrote the script alongside producer Lawrence Konner, and Alan Taylor is set to direct. The cast will include Alessandro Nivola, Michael Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen.