Spielberg Casts Lead In Upcoming West Side Story Remake!

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Ansel Eghort, best known for his starring role in Baby Driver, has been cast in the lead of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story remake. West Side Story will be the next film directed by Spielberg. Tony Kushner wrote the script for the upcoming musical. Filming is set to begin Summer 2019. 

From Variety: 

Ansel Elgort  has been cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg ’s remake of the Broadway musical “ West Side Story.”

 

Pulitzer prize winner and Oscar nominee Tony Kushner penned the adaptation of the 1957 musical, which was originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein. Spielberg, Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce the film for Fox.

 

Larry Kert played Tony in the original 1957 Broadway musical, which which was inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and centered on the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs. Richard Beymer portrayed Tony in the 1961 film. That adaptation was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including best picture.

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