It debuted on Broadway in 1957. Then it was released as a film in 1961. Now, sixty years later, the story of Maria, Tony, the Jets and the Sharks is coming back to life. We’re finally getting an official look at Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated update of the classic musical West Side Story.
The trailer has dropped for the remake, featuring breakout star Rachel Zegler as Maria and Ansel Elgort as Tony. Set in 1950s New York City, the movie also stars Rita Moreno (below), who famously played Anita in the original 1961 film. West Side Story opens in theaters on December 10th.
Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a timeless tale. Although West Side Story takes place in the 1950’s, the plot line about racial and cultural divides makes it the right movie for 2021. By the way, I played the part of Chino, one of the Sharks, in a summer camp production of West Side Story when I was ten. And I was good.