The official trailer has arrived West Side Story, the next feature from legendary director Steven Spielberg. Directed by Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner, the film is based on the classic Broadway musical of the same name by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. The trailer made its Oscars debut and is now available to watch online, which you can do below.
With an ensemble cast, West Side Story stars Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alrvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James and Curtiss Cook. Rita Moreno, one of the stars of the original 1961 film adaptation, will also appear in a lead role. Loosely inspired by that of William Shakespeare Romeo and JulietThe film follows teens Tony (Elgort) and Maria (Zegler) who fall in love in 1950s New York City, despite their ties to rival street gangs.
“They brought an authenticity,” Steven Spielberg said of the cast in an interview with Vanity Fair last year. “They brought themselves, and everything they believe and everything about them – they brought that to work. And there was so much interaction between the cast that wanted to be able to bond with the Puerto Rican experience. They all represent, I think, a diversity. , both within the Puerto Rican, Nuyorican community and the wider Latinx community. And they took that seriously. “
Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in the original film adaptation, also spoke to the outlet about revisiting West Side Story in a new role. In the new movie, she plays Valentina, Doc’s widow. According to Moreno, the filmmakers wanted to make a more faithful adaptation of the original Broadway version compared to the 1961 film.
“[Spielberg and Kushner] really wanted to correct some … do I have to say mistakes? I don’t know if that … yeah, that’s fair, because the  movie had a lot of things that were wrong with it, aside from the fact that there were a lot of things that were really good, ” Moreno explained, adding that she was one of the few Puerto Ricans in the cast. tried to fix and improve, and I think they did a fantastic job. “
Spielberg’s involvement in this film has the release of Indiana Jones 5. Although Spielberg has since handed the directing duties for that anticipated sequel to James Mangold, he is still attached to serve as a producer and will be heavily involved in the production. With pre-production in full swing Indiana Jones 5, a slew of casting announcements have been made recently, with returning star Harrison Ford joined by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Kretschmann.
Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Kevin MCollum were producing West Side Story. Initially, the film was due to be released by 20th Century Studios in December before being delayed due to the 2020 pandemic. 2021.
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