Gandolfini to star in HBO movie

Actor tapped for 'Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack'

James Gandolfini is heading back to New Jersey with HBO.

The actor, who became a worldwide personality for his role as a mafia kingpin in “The Sopranos,” is set to star and exec producing the pay cabler’s telepic adaptation of the novel “Eating With the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack in Hackensack.”

The book, written by Robert Egan and Kurt Pitzer, examines the true story of a Hackensack restaurant owner who forged a relationship with the North Korean Mission in upper Manhattan and went on to play an important role as a liaison in U.S. and North Korean relations.

Gandolfini’s Attaboy Prods., as well at Tribeca Prods., will produce.

He’s also set to star in HBO’s TV movie “Cinema Verite,” an in-depth look at the Loud family — the clan who willingly starred in what some consider the first-ever reality show, “An American Family.”

“Cinema Verite,” which also stars Diane Lane and Tim Robbins, is set to premiere April 23.