First Look: Final James Gandolfini Film ‘The Drop’

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Here are the first images from the final James Gandolfini film, The Drop. Once called Animal Rescue, the tense Brooklyn-set drama also features Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts, under the direction of Bullhead helmer Michael Roskam. Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone) scripted the crime drama, which features Gandolfini as a former criminal whose cousin, played by Tom Hardy, is trying to go straight and having a pretty bad time doing so.

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