If you, like many others, are on the edge of your seat waiting for updates on Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake, you are in luck because new photos have just been released! This special first look at the widely anticipated new film of the timeless 1961 classic is a breath of fresh air. What’s more, Steven Spielberg gave an interview discussing the movie, the story, and “fixing the wrongs” of the original film.
The Photos Show the New Tony and Maria
Actor Ansel Elgort and actress Rachel Zegler will portray the iconic characters of Tony and Maria in the remake of the musical that stole our hearts with its dangerous love story and rival New York gangs. Director Steven Spielberg opened up about the classic tale making a comeback through a kind of social fury ignited by the battle against prejudice and xenophobia.
A Familiar Face Will Make a Comeback
Actress Rita Moreno — who played the supporting role of Anita in the original movie — will come back for the remake, this time in a new role. She will now be playing the widow of Doc, Valentina. Rita also serves as the executive producer of the upcoming film. When asked about the 2020 version of West Side Story, she said the director and screenwriter set out to right some of the wrongs that happened in the first movie.
The New West Side Story Will Fix Past Mistakes
The 1961 version was criticized for applying darker makeup to the non-Puerto Rican actors, thus portraying them in a different light. Puerto Rican, Latinx, and Nuyorican communities are diverse, and the West Side Story remake will make sure to show exactly that. A quick look at the incredibly diverse cast for the remake serves to prove it. The movie is set for release in December later this year.