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Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story': See First Look At Star-Studded Cast Here!

Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story': See First Look Of Star-Studded Cast Here!
March 16, 2020 - 19:10 / Lucas Anderson

Steven Spielberg is remaking the classic 1961 musical romance movie, West Side Story. The new version of the film debuts in December 2020! Meet the cast of the film here. 

Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake is set for a December 18, 2020 release! On Monday, Vanity Fair shared a series of new photos from the film! They show the new stars bringing West Side Story to life for a new generation. See the photos below - Spielberg even makes an appearance in one of the images!

West Side Story remake: The cast of Steven Spielberg's new movie

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In the 2020 version of West Side Story, Ansel Elgort will play "Tony," while Ariana DeBose stars as "Anita" and Rachel Zegler plays "Maria." Rita Moreno, "Anita" in the original 1961 film, portrays "Valentina" this time around. 

Ansel Elgort visits Build Studio to discuss "Baby Driver" on June 27, 2017.

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Elgort is best-known for roles in Baby Driver, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars. Ariana DeBose, meanwhile, is a Broadway star who also appeared on So You Think You Can DanceWest Side Story will be Zegler's first acting credit.

Ariana DeBose attends the 2020 InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globe Awards Post-Party.

West Side Story in 2020: What's new in the remake?

The 2020 remake of West Side Story will still tell the same story of gang rivalry and romance. Spielberg's film, however, intends to improve on the original movie's problems with representation - in the 1961 film, some Puerto Rican characters were portrayed by white actors. 

"I really wanted to tell that Puerto Rican, Nuyorican experience of basically the migration to this country and the struggle to make a living, and to have children, and to battle against the obstacles of xenophobia and racial prejudice," Spielberg said.

Jay Norman, George Chakiris and Eddie Verso in West Side Story (1961).

Steven Spielberg's West Side Story is coming in December 2020

See Steven Spielberg's timely remake of West Side Story this December! As of today, the film is still scheduled for that release date, despite many other film premiere postponements.