James Gandolfini is seen in a 1999 photograph from the first season of HBO's… (Anthony Neste / HBO )
Several forthcoming film and television projects will feature the late James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday in Rome.
The 51-year-old actor, best known for his lead role on HBO's "The Sopranos," had been busy as of late. Gandolfini completed production on Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Animal Rescue" this spring.
The crime drama, which also stars "The Dark Knight Rises" actor Tom Hardy, is in post-production and is slated for release next year.
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Gandolfini also has a role in "Enough Said," a forthcoming feature from director Nicole Holofcener. That movie, a comedy about a divorcée that stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener, also is to be released by Fox Searchlight.
Like "Animal Rescue," the movie is in post-production. It is likely to be released in 2014.
"Everyone at Fox Searchlight is honored to have had the opportunity to work with Jim," the company said in a statement. "We are stunned and devastated by the loss of this very talented actor and warm, wonderful man."
The actor recently appeared in such movies as "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Not Fade Away."
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Among Gandolfini's prospective television projects was a proposed comedy for CBS called “Taxi-22.” CBS made a deal in recent weeks to acquire a script for the show, which is to be based on a Canadian TV program of a similar name. Gandolfini was not planning to star in the proposed American version, which would center on a politically incorrect New York City taxi driver, but was listed as an executive producer on the project.
Other producers on the show include Gandolfini managers Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong.
"Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply," the managers said in a statement. "He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving."
Gandolfini also recently costarred in the Nickelodeon TV movie "Nicky Deuce," where he re-joined "Sopranos" castmates Steven R. Schirripa, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Curatola and Tony Sirico.
Gandolfini was also planning to star in “Criminal Justice” for HBO. It was to be an adaptation of Peter Moffat's crime show on the BBC, and had been in development at the premium channel for months. The Hollywood Reporter said the project received a pilot order in September when Gandolfini agreed to star in the program about a down-on-his luck criminal defense attorney.
An HBO spokeswoman said it was premature to discuss the project’s fate.
Times staff writer Meg James contributed to this report.
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