It feels like we’ve been waiting for West Side Story forever. And like, sure, the movie stars Ansel Elgort, and we’ve been side-eyeing him for a while, but we’re not watching for him. We’re watching for Rachel Zegler, for Rita Moreno, and for a chance to see this story re-imagined with actual latinos playing latino roles. And for that, we can’t help but be excited
About as excited as Rachel herself is, actually.
But yes, her voice. Her look. Her EVERYTHING. A Maria that is actually latina, in a story that has evoked feelings in so many people. It’s what should have always been. It’s what needed to be.
Feel with us and check out this special look below:
Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (María); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). Moreno – one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony® and Peabody Awards – also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.
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West Side Story will release only in theaters on December 10th.