- Category: Latino News
- Published: Monday, 17 June 2019 18:08
- Written by Lupe R Haas
Natalie Wood famously played a Puerto Rican in the Broadway movie adaptation but in these modern days - that won't fly. Newcomer Rachel Zegler (half-Latina) was cast in the iconic role as Maria while Ansel Elgort is the most recognizable face, stars as Tony. Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Anita, returns to WEST SIDE STORY as a different character.
Spielberg's WEST SIDE STORY is currently in production at Twentieth Century Fox which is yet another adaptation of the original Broadway musical, which explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York.
Pictured left to right are: Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).
The cast also includes Ariana DeBose (Anita); Ana Isabelle (Rosalia); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Curtiss Cook (Abe) and Academy Award®-winner Rita Moreno, who plays Valentina and also serves as one of the film’s Executive Producers