First ‘West Side Story’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Takes on the Classic Musical

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The official teaser trailer has arrived for Steven Spielberg‘s long-awaited (the film was delayed by around a year thanks to the pandemic) take on classic musical West Side Story.

Ansel Elgort, up-and-comer Rachel Zegler (Shazam! Fury of the Gods) and Corey Stoll are among the cast members of this musical drama, a reimagining of the 1957 Broadway musical that was itself inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The plot follows the rivalry between two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds: the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, from Puerto Rico. Elgort and Zegler play Tony and María, who find themselves in the midst of forbidden love as the two sides war it out.

Memories of the 1961 feature adaptation, which won a whopping 10 Oscars including Best Picture, will no doubt come flooding back with the snippets on display in the teaser, which first aired during the Oscars. On a visual level, the film unsurprisingly looks gorgeous, with Spielberg reuniting with longtime cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan). We’ll see if Spielberg’s vision of the musical provides much that will surprise those well versed, but this should at the very least be a visual and sonic treat.

West Side Story, also starring Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Ana Isabelle, Brian d’Arcy James, and Rita Moreno (Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner of the ’61 film), will open in Australian cinemas on December 9th and hit US cinemas on December 10th.

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (María); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). Moreno – one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony® and Peabody Awards – also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.


Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also serves as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (“Anastasia”), who arranged the score; Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), who supervised the cast on vocals; and Grammy®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago”), who served as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. “West Side Story” has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.


Image by Niko Tavernise. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
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