Disney’s 20th Century Fox has released the first photo from Steven Spielberg’s new film adaptation of iconic musical “West Side Story” with “Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler as star-crossed young lovers Tony and Maria.
The film follows rival street gangs in 1950s New York City and is being adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Tony winner Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers in the new film.
Spielberg just began production on the film which boasts a script by Tony Kushner. Spielberg also produces along with Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Here’s the photo:
Meet the cast of director Steven Spielberg's #WestSideStory: Maria (newcomer Rachel Zegler), Tony (Ansel Elgort), The Jets (left) and The Sharks (right).https://t.co/NjNzw4lOBx#StevenSpielberg @rachelzegler @AnselElgort pic.twitter.com/39RMq4zgr4
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From left to right – Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sanchez Falu).
Also starring are Ariana DeBose (Anita); Ana Isabelle (Rosalia); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Curtiss Cook (Abe) and Oscar winner Rita Moreno as Valentina. “West Side Story” opens in cinemas December 18th 2020.