It’s really happening! The first look of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story is finally here! New images from Spielberg’s West Side Story were released to the public, and we can’t stop obsessing over them. We finally see Rachel Zegler as Maria and Ansel Elgort as Tony.
For those of you who haven’t heard, there is a West Side Story remake in the works, and we’ve been there every step of the way. From the first announcement that Spielberg was seeking to make a more diverse and honest portrayal of the West Side Story, to the casting of an unknown and talented actress (Zegler), and, of course, the addition of Rita Moreno. So far, it’s been an incredible ride, so seeing this first image is thrilling.
But this new image revelation comes more casting news. We now know that Spielberg’s cast will be more diverse than we initially thought.
For starters, both gangs — the Jets and the Sharks — will be co-ed! If you recall in the original West Side Story, the gangs were male only, and even when a tomboy wanted to be part of the Jets, they wouldn’t have it. But this new co-ed version is so much better and inclusive.
Other cast members include dancer Maddie Ziegler, Mike Faist who will portray Riff, and Ana Isabelle will play Maria’s friend and coworker Rosalia.
Other actors include David Aviles Morales, Yesenia Ayala, María Alejandra Castillo, Annelise Cepero, Andrei Chagas, Jeanette Delgado, Kelvin Delgado, Gaby Diaz, Yurel Echezarreta, Adriel Flete, Carlos E. Gonzalez, David Guzman, Jacob Guzman, Ana Isabelle, Melody Martí, Ilda Mason, Juliette Feliciano Ortiz, Edriz E. Rosa Pérez, Maria Alexis Rodriguez, Julius Anthony Rubio, Carlos Sánchez Falú, Sebastian Serra, Gabriela Soto, Ricky Ubeda, Tanairi Vazquez, Jamila Velazquez, Isabella Ward and Ricardo Zayas.
For those of you have never seen the original, West Side Story, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, it “explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York.”
The film will be released by The Walt Disney Studios in the U.S. on December 18, 2020, just in time for Christmas.