Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story has found its actress to play Maria opposite Ansel Elgort‘s Tony.
It’s been confirmed that New Jersey high school student Rachel Zegler will be playing the iconic role of Maria, the love interest of Tony, who is a member of a rival street gang. Natalie Wood played Maria in the 1961 original. The film was ahead of its time and one of the few to feature a richly diverse cast that had people of color in lead roles. It was one that helped Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the original and has a role in this new take on the story, to become the iconic figure that she is now.
Obviously with a film like West Side Story, any talent that is brought into the film will need to be able to sing. And before you question whether or not Zegler can sing, I suggest you take a look at the video of her singing a cover of “Shallows” from A Star Is Born. It left me floored. Check out who will be joining Zegler on the cast and the video, below.
Rita Moreno is an icon. The Puerto Rican singer, dancer, and actress is a true legend who broke gender and racial barriers. She has paved the way for future artists to make a name for themselves. The EGOT winner is best known for her role as Anita in West Side Story. In fact, that role helped her win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. And now, she will be coming back, although for a very different role.
New reports confirm that Moreno will star in Steven Spielberg‘s remake of the 1961 musical of the same name. And in a slight twist, she will play a new character that is being designed for the film. More on the report, below.
Whether you want to have a fun night out, pay tribute to fallen legend Debbie Reynolds, or simply relive one of the greatest musicals ever made, Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies have a special event for you. Coming to theaters soon, the 65th Anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain.
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This West Side Story Blu-ray/DVD collection includes bonus featurettes, an in-movie reviewing mode of all the dance sequences, select commentary on the music, and a tribute CD with 8 covers from the film done by people like Julie Andrews, Gloria Estefan, and more. The set also contains a hardcover book with rare photos, as well as 10 collectible postcards. Check out the full box set features below.