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West Side Story is a new movie that Steven Spielberg is directing. It tells the story of two people who fall in love. Tony Kushner wrote the script and will also be an executive producer. The film is the second adaptation of a show which came out in 1957. The show is about Romeo and Juliet. It is based on Shakespeare’s story. This movie stars Ansel Elgort. It also stars Rachel Zegler, who is in her first appearance in a movie. Rita Moreno is an executive producer, and she has a supporting role too. The film is dedicated to Spielberg’s father who died in 2020. The film was supposed to be released in 2020, but the release date was pushed back.
This movie started to be made in 2014 by 20th Century Fox. They started to write the script in 2017. In January 2018, Steven Spielberg was hired. By September 2018, they had hired people to play parts in the movie. Justin Peck wrote the dances for this scene. Filming began in July 2019 and finished a few months later. The shooting took place in New York and New Jersey.
West Side Story will premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on December 7, 2021. It will be released by 20th Century Studios theatrically in the United States on December 10, 2021.
What is the release date of West Side Story?
West Side Story was scheduled to be released in the United States on December 18, 2020, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now scheduled for release on December 10, 2021. This coincides with the 60th anniversary of the original 1961 film. The film will be shown in the theatre for 45 days, The film will also be shown in Dolby Cinema and IMAX.
The film was first screened for most of the cast, including Rachel Zegler and Mike Faist, at the Daniel Koch Theater in Lincoln Center on November 17th. It will next screen for people in the industry on November 29, 2021. It is going to have its first world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on December 7, 2021.
On April 25, 2021, DeBose introduced the film’s trailer during the 93rd Academy Awards. Moreno also presented the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film’s official trailer premiered on September 15, 2021, on ABC’s Good Morning America. Ziegler and Elgort showed a sneak peek of the film at the American Music Awards on November 22. The sneak peek was about two parts of the movie. There were some pictures from these parts too.
A book about the making of the movie and interviews with the cast and crew will come to stores on November 16, 2021. Also, people are expecting a special edition of 20/20 that talks about West Side Story to air on December 5, 2021.
What is the plot of West Side Story?
Teenagers Tony and María, despite having affiliations with rival street gangs, the Jets and Sharks, fall in love in 1950s New York City.
Who will be starring in West Side Story?
- Ansel Elgort as Tony
- Rachel Zegler as María
- ArianaDeBose as Anita
- David Alvarez as Bernardo
- Mike Faist as the Riff
- Rita Moreno as Valentina
- Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke
- Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank
- Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino
- Iris Menas as Anybodys
- Mike Iveson as Glad Hand
- Jamila Velazquez as Meche
- AnneliseCepero as Provi
- YassminAlers as Lluvia
- Jamie Harris as Rory
- Curtiss Cook as Abe
What is the information related to West Side Story?
It was announced that Spielberg would likely direct the film. This announcement came after filming for Indiana Jones 5 has been done. He will also be directing the new movie, “Ready Player One.” The casting call was for people to play María, Tony, Anita, and Bernardo. More casting calls were in New York City in April. And they were also in Orlando, Florida, in May. This let Steven Spielberg start to work on West Side Story.
In September, Justin Peach was hired as the choreographer. In November, Eiza Gonzalez was cast as Anita. Rita Moreno also played Anita in the 1961 film and she is an executive producer of this film. In January 2019, Rachel Zegler was cast as María in the film. Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, and Josh Andrés Rivera were also cast as Anita, Bernardo, and Chino respectively. In March 2019, Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James joined the cast. The rest of the ensemble that is in the Jets and Sharks factions was announced a month later.