James Gandolfini may be returning to HBO, Variety reports — this time, in a comedy.

The 48-year-old actor is an executive producer on the pay channel's planned adaptation of the French Canadian series Taxi 22. It's being developed as a possible acting vehicle for the Emmy winner, his first TV role since The Sopranos abruptly faded to black in 2007.

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Gandolfini would star as a politically incorrect New York cab driver in the half-hour series. Dave Flebotte, most recently of Desperate Housewives and Sherri, is writing and executive-producing the project.

Gandolfini won widespread acclaim, including three Emmys, for his performance as mobster Tony Soprano. The Sopranos, which ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007, helped shepherd in a new era in TV dramas and is considered one of the best TV series of all time.

Since the series, Gandolfini has produced the HBO documentary Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq and starred in Tony-winning play Gods of Carnage.

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