SNEAK PEEK: “West Side Story”, the Spielberg-directed movie released stills


Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria; photo by Niko Tavernise

As previously reported, Steven Spielberg is producing and directing a remake of West Side Story from a script by Tony Kushner.

The film is adapted from the original 1957 Broadway musical written by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It is set to be released in US cinemas on December 18, 2020.

The cast features Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria. Joining them are Mike Faist as Riff, David Alvarez as Bernardo, Ariana DeBose as Anita, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Rita Moreno (who also serves as executive producer) as Valentina, Ana Isabelle as Rosalia, Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank, and Brian dʼArcy James as Sergeant Krupke. They join more than 50 actors, singers, and dancers who are part of the ensemble.

In West Side Story, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.

You can find the first look photos released by Vanity Fair below.

Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo
Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria; photo by Niko Tavernise
Rachel Zegler as Maria; photo by Niko Tavernise
Ansel Elgort as Tony; photo by Niko Tavernise
the cast of West Side Story; photo by Niko Tavernise
Rita Moreno as Valentina; photo by Niko Tavernise
Rita Moreno as Valentina and director Steven Spielberg; photo by Niko Tavernise
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