West Side Story is one of the most enduring musical greats. Most people, no matter their age, will at least know of the forbidden love meets gang culture plot.
This is why we were so excited to hear that Steven Spielberg had taken on the musical for a new movie adaption, set to be released in December 2021 after being pushed back a year due to the pandemic.
It’s also exciting because this is Spielberg’s first time ever directing a musical.
Finally the first trailer has dropped, and it’s dreamy. Rather than revealing any of the lines from the script, the trailer is a montage of dancing, gang violence and teen flirtation, all set to music. Here’s everything you need to know…
What will West Side Story be about?
It’s been a long time coming, as the Broadway musical of 1957 hasn’t been adapted for film since 1961.
According to Variety, Spielberg’s version doesn’t stray far from the Broadway script when compared to the 1961 film.
Who will star?
The cast features Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria. Other actors starring in the film are Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Corey Stoll, Mike Faist and Brian d’Arcy James.
Rita Moreno will also have a supporting role in the film. She won an Oscar for her role as Anita in the 1961 film and is the only cast member confirmed so far to been in both film adaptions.
Speaking to Variety, she said her role in this film is “not a cameo — it’s a real part.”
She also spoke on what it’s been like to work with Spielberg: “To be there, when Steven is giving you directions, and Steven is jumping around like a child with his finder, saying, ‘Rita, look at this. What do you think of this shot?’
“He’s so enthused and happy — what a joy to work with this man. The sets will blow you away. You will really believe you’re in el barrio. It’s just astonishing.”
When is it out?
West Side Story will premiere on Friday, December 10, in cinemas.
Is there a trailer?
You can now watch the trailer below. It dropped during the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, which aired on Sunday night.
Has it won any awards?
The original version impressively won 10 Academy Awards including best picture. The only films that have beat it on this count are Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Titanic and Ben-Hur which all won 11 of the awards.
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