First look at the new West Side Story movie directed by Steven Spielberg

17 June 2019, 17:30

West Side Story remake (2020)
West Side Story remake (2020). Picture: 20th Century Fox

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

The first image has been released from Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of ‘West Side Story’, giving us an initial glimpse of 2020’s answer to Tony and Maria…

An image showing the cast of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming musical remake of West Side Story has been released by 20th Century Fox.

The musical, which sets the love story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang culture in 1950s New York, is in production and will be released next year.

When Jets gang member Tony, played by Ansel Elgort, falls for Maria, played by Rachel Zegler, tensions rise and disaster ensues.

The newly released image shows Zegler and Elgort front and centre, with the Sharks and Jets surrounding them.

Pictured (from left to right): Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).

Originally written by Arthur Laurents, the script for the new version of West Side Story has been penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. The film will be Spielberg’s first ever musical project.

With music by late maestro and musical giant Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the soundtrack for the original Broadway production West Side Story is one of the greatest musical theatre scores in history.

Gustavo Dudamel, the Venezuelan maestro and music director of the LA Philharmonic, will conduct the recording of Bernstein’s score for the film remake.

The score includes iconic songs ‘Maria’, ‘Something’s Coming’ and ‘Tonight’, as well as ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘America’.

Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story will be released in December 2020.