The highly anticipated remake of the 1961 West Side Story film is closer than we think.
The adaptation is directed by Steven Spielberg and is set to hit the big screen sometime next year. Spielberg’s remake, however, will follow the 1957 Broadway musical adaptation written by Arthur Laurents. On Monday, Spielberg’s media company released a first-look photo of the cast set to play the infamous rival sharks and jets gang.
The photo shows Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler playing star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony accompanied by their respective groups. According to Enterttainment Weekly, the following cast includes:
“Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo, Mike Faist as Riff, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank, and Brian d’Arcy James as Sergeant Krupke. Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for portraying Anita in the 1961 film, will play Valentina, a reconceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works.”
West Side Story is set to hit the big screen on Dec. 18, 2020.