Pat Cerasaro, News Editor
Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner's cinematic re-imagining of iconic 1957 musical WEST SIDE STORY is poised to begin filming later this year and the official release date has been confirmed this week: December 18, 2020.
Ansel Elgort stars as Tony and 17-year-old newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria in the new film, along with SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose as Anita, BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL Tony Award winner David Alvarez as Bernardo, DEAR EVAN HANSEN'S Mike Faist as Riff and HAMILTON's Josh Andres Rivera as Chino. Additionally, Academy Award winner Rita Moreno will appear as new character, Valentina, an expanded version of the role of Doc.
WEST SIDE STORY begins filming this summer in New York City.