West Side Story is a tale as old as time, basically, as it first debuted as a musical in 1957.
But in the year 2021, Steven Spielberg is putting his spin on the Romeo and Juliet-inspired classic. The official trailer for the modern remake, starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, dropped Wednesday:
In it, Maria (Zegler) begins by singing, "Tonight, tonight, the world is full of light." She explains that it's her first time in New York City, and she can't wait to be happy while making a life and a home.
Bernardo (David Alvarez), Maria's brother and the founder of the Sharks gang, has a less idealistic view. He warns his little sister that "the first gringo boy who smiles at you" will get punched. And that's when Tony (Ansel Elgort) spots Maria from across the room at a party.
"I've never seen you before," Maria says to Tony. "You're not Puerto Rican."
"Is that OK?" he asks.
To Maria, yes.
To Bernardo and everyone else around them, absolutely not.
"You keep away from him," Bernardo tells Maria.
"I'm a grownup now, Bernardo," she asserts. "I'm gonna think for myself."
And so, Maria and Tony keep sneaking around. Tony has to decide whether to commit to Maria or stay loyal to his Jets gang, the Sharks' staunch rivals. Maria has to decide whether getting disowned by her family is worth the love she feels for Tony.
Spielberg's West Side Story was originally slated for a December 2020 release, but there have been several COVID-related delays, so fans will now finally get to see the film Dec. 10.
The cast is rounded out by Ariana DeBose, Mike Faist, Josh Andres Rivera, Ana Isabelle, Corey Stoll, Brian d'Arcy James and, perhaps most notably, Rita Moreno.
Moreno — an acclaimed Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Peabody winner — portrayed Anita in the original 1961 film adaptation that earned 10 Academy Awards, including Moreno's Oscar for best supporting actress as Anita. In the new musical movie, Moreno plays Valentina, the owner of the corner shop where Tony works.
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