West Side Story cast

Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story cast is slowly beginning to come into focus. The Beard already cast Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort as Tony, the male lead of his musical remake, and now Spielberg has found his young Maria. Rachel Zegler, a 17-year-old high school student, has locked down the female lead, and there’s no question she has the pipes to be able to pull off this role. Keep reading to see a video of her absolutely slaying a cover of “Shallow,” the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper song from last year’s A Star is BornRead More »

west side story remake rita moreno

When it comes to the entertainment industry, there are legends and then there are Legends with a capital “L” and some italics. Rita Moreno is the latter. Over 50 years after she won an Oscar for her work in 1961’s West Side Story, the legendary triple threat will return for the new version being helmed by fellow Legend Steven Spielberg. And if you’re racking your brain trying to remember a role in the original movie appropriate for an 86-year old woman, stop trying. Moreno will be playing a new character created specifically for the remake.

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west side story cast Eiza Gonzalez

Steven Spielberg is taking his time casting his West Side Story remake. Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort was recently cast as Tony, one of the leads of the film. Now, rumor has it that Elgort’s Baby Driver co-star Eiza González is in the running to play Anita, a role made famous by Rita Moreno in the 1961 film. More on the West Side Story remake cast below.

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Baby Driver Honest Trailer

Ansel Elgort is leaping from a crime movie that might as well be a musical to a full-on musical set in a world of crime. The Baby Driver star has signed on to star in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming remake of West Side Story, anchoring one half of the story’s star-crossed duo.

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west side remake casting

Listen up, potential Sharks and/or Jets – here’s your chance to audition for Steven Spielberg‘s big West Side Story remake. The film is holding an open casting calling in New York City this weekend. More on the West Side Story remake casting call below.

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West Side Story Remake

UPDATE: New details have surfaced indicating that Indiana Jones 5 will still be made before the remake of West Side Story. Get the new details at the end of the story.

Steven Spielberg just delivered the Best Picture nominee The Post at the end of 2017, and in a couple months we’ll see his latest blockbuster hit the big screen in the form of the adaptation of Ready Player One (find out more about that movie here). After that, it appears Steven Spielberg is going to tackle something he hasn’t before: a musical.

For a few years, there have been rumblings of Spielberg wanting to remake the classic big screen musical West Side Story, which won 10 statuettes at the Oscars after debuting in 1961. More recently, it sounded like Spielberg was going to choose between a remake of the classic musical and the new Indiana Jones sequel for his next project, and it seems like his choice has been made. Read More »

steven spielberg's next movies

Steven Spielberg has remained a force in the film industry for over 40 years now, and the legendary director is showing no signs of slowing down.

Fresh off directing the acclaimed Oscar contender The Post and wrapping up production on the sci-fi blockbuster Ready Player One, Spielberg is already looking to get back in the director’s chair. The next projects he reportedly wants to direct? The fifth Indiana Jones and a remake of the classic musical West Side Story.

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La La Land Movie References

When the Academy Awards are presented on February 26 on ABC, we’ll see how many awards La La Land can take home out of the record-setting 14 nominations the film received earlier this week. If you haven’t seen the movie yet (it’s my favorite of 2016), it’s playing in theaters everywhere and you need to see it immediately.

After you see La La Land (go ahead, we’ll wait), you might want to check out a video put together by editor Sara Preciado, who took the time to create a side-by-side video with scenes from the 2016 musical compared to the classical musicals that director Damien Chazelle was trying to emulate.

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steven spielberg directing The BFG

Steven Spielberg‘s The BFG hit theaters this weekend and landed with a “gigantic” thud. The $140 million Roald Dahl adaptation earned a measly $19.6 million in its opening weekend, which is a huge disappointment anyway you look at it. Is Spielberg, credited for creating the summer blockbuster with 1975’s Jaws, no longer the big box office draw that he once was?

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West Side Story Remake

Over two years ago, Steven Spielberg grabbed the attention of musical fans when news surfaced that he was interested in potentially remaking the classic West Side Story. The musical hit Broadway in 1957 and was turned into a feature film in 1961. Since then it’s been a staple of the stage, revived several times over the years with the most recent being in the last couple years in the United Kingdom. And now it appears Spielberg is making some progress in getting this new take on West Side Story off the ground, but with a packed schedule over the next few years, it might not happen anytime soon.

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