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.