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West Side Story Reboot: Here’s What You Need To Know!

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West Side Story is an upcoming romantic musical drama directed and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is based on the Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn, is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Amblin Entertainment is set to produce this recreation of the epic musical, which has been in production since 2018. Is the musical worth watching? What is the story all about? Read more to find out!

West Side Story: Plot and Cast

The story of the music is set in mid-1950s New York City. The neighborhood mostly has multiracial communities with blue-collar workers. Among these lie two main gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The Jets are a white gang while the Sharks are from Puerto Rico. New problems arise between the two when Tony falls in love with Maria.

Tony is a former member of the Jets and is the best friend of their leader, Riff. Meanwhile, Maria is the sister of the leader of the Sharks, Bernardo. The play, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, has been lauded for its numerous songs, such as “Somewhere”, “America” and “Something’s Coming”.

The cast for this version of the musical is a highly celebrated one. Ansel Elgort plays Tony while Rachel Zegler plays Maria. Ariana DeBose plays Anita, David Alvarez plays Bernardo and Mike Faist plays Riff. Corey Stoll plays Police Lieutenant Schrank and Brian d’Arcy James plays Police Sergeant Krupke. Curtiss Cook plays Abe.

Rita Moreno, one of the original cast of the 1961 film adaptation plays Valentina in this version. It is amazing to see the celebrated EGOT recipient in this Spielberg film.

West Side Story: Release Date and Teaser

The filming for the movie wrapped up in September 2019. It is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2020. We are extremely excited to see this Steven Spielberg musical with Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort! Scroll down to watch the first looks from the movie!

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