James Gandolfini may have passed away in June, but he's certainly not forgotten.
And he'll especially be remembered later this month when one of his last films, Enough Said, premieres at the Toronto Film Festival.
Only E! News has exclusive photos from the romantic comedy, which stars Gandolfini as a divorced dad dating a massage therapist, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. All is going well until Louis-Dreyfus realizes that Gandolfini's ex-wife (Catherine Keener) is one of her…clients!
Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money), the film costars Toni Collette and Bridesmaids funnyman Ben Falcone.
In one of our exclusive stills, Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfuss are shown on a couch laughing and enjoying some wine. Another shows Gandolfini with his daughter, played by U2 frontman Bono's real-life offspring, Eve Hewson.
In a third pic, Holofcener is talking to Louis-Dreyfuss and Keener on a park bench.
Hard to believe, but Holofcener said Gandolfini wasn't immediately comfortable taking on the role. "He didn't believe he could play a romantic lead, even though everyone on the set thought he was sexy and hilarious," she told The Hollywood Reporter shortly after his death. "He was charming and self-effacing and incredibly talented. Not only did he pull off playing a leading man, his performance is subtle and moving and very, very lovely."
After Fox Searchlight premieres the film in Toronto, Enough Said will hit theaters in limited release on Sept. 20.
"I think Jim would say he was nervous because he was playing a role unlike any other role he played before and a role in which he gets the girl and he was sort of uncomfortable with that," Louis-Dreyfus told Access Hollywood earlier this month. "He plays a really earnest, mild mannered, dear person. Frankly, very close to what he is [and] he was… I think he was a little bit insecure about it, but he did the most amazing job."
Before Gandolfini died of a heart attack at age 51, the Emmy-winning Sopranos star also had finished filming a role in the upcoming crime drama, Animal Rescue, opposite Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. That flick is in postproduction and due out next year.
(Originally published at Aug. 29, 2013 at 7:48 a.m. PT)