New York -- James Gandolfini
left behind numerous projects in various states of development, including two films that have already completed production.
The 51-year-old actor, who died Wednesday, had been busy, appearing in a flurry of late 2012 releases, including the Osama bin Laden hunt thriller "Zero Dark Thirty
," the stylish crime saga "Killing Them Softly
" and the 1960s coming-of-age drama "Not Fade Away
," which reteamed him with "Sopranos" creator David Chase
. Gandolfini continued to gravitate toward character actor roles, several of which will now be released posthumously.
The Brooklyn crime film "Animal Rescue
," which was shot this spring, was his final movie. Directed by Michael R. Roskam ("Bullhead") and written by Dennis Lehane
, it stars Tom Hardy
and Noomi Rapace
, with Gandolfini playing a bar owner. Fox Searchlight is expected to release it next year.
Gandolfini also co-stars in "Enough Said," a romance from writer-director Nicole Holofcener
"). He plays ex-husband to Catherine Keener