Get a first look at Steven Spielberg's new take on West Side Story
A first image from Steven Spielberg's new take on West Side Story has been unveiled. You can see it below:
Meet the cast of director Steven Spielberg's #WestSideStory: Maria (newcomer Rachel Zegler), Tony (Ansel Elgort), The Jets (left) and The Sharks (right).https://t.co/NjNzw4lOBx#StevenSpielberg @rachelzegler @AnselElgort pic.twitter.com/39RMq4zgr4— Amblin (@amblin) June 17, 2019
West Side Story is a re-telling of Romeo & Juliet, set against the backdrop of a changing and simmering New York City as two gangs, a white gang called the Jets and a Puerto Rican gang called the Sharks, fight for their place in the streets.
In amongst all that, two lovers, white Tony and Latina Maria, the sister of the Sharks’ leader, dream of running away and getting married.
It was originally made into a movie in 1961, with Natalie Wood, George Chakris and Rita Moreno starring.
In Spielberg's new take, Ansel Elgort will play Tony, with newcomer Rachel Zegler playing Maria.
Moreno is returning to the cast, with Corey Stoll, Ariana deBose and Brian d'Arcy James also in key roles.
Spielberg will work from a script from Angels In America writer Tony Kushner, who has adapted Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein's original.
West Side Story will be released into UK cinemas on December 18th in 2020.