'West Side Story': First look at Steven Spielberg's upcoming remake

'West Side Story': First look at Steven Spielberg's upcoming remake

'West Side Story': First look at Steven Spielberg's upcoming remake

After having flirted with a new take on West Side Story for years, he's finally making it happen.

This just-released first image doesn't really convey all that - it's just a shot of the Jets/Sharks (plus Zegler's Maria) walking past an old-ass factory of some sort - but trust us: Spielberg's been waiting to make this movie for a long time, and we're sure the final product will be a helluva lot more compelling than what you're seeing here.

The photo (above) highlights the story's two rival New York City gangs - the Sharks and the Jets - and the romantic coupling that threatens to tear them all apart.

You can practically hear the snaps echoing off this first image from West Side Story, which shows Maria (uber-talented newcomer Rachel Zegler) and Tony (Ansel Elgort) gazing lovingly into each other's eyes as the Sharks and Jets glare at each other on opposite ends. On the Sharks side, David Alvarez plays Bernardo with Julius Anthony Rubio as Quique, Ricardo Zayas as Chago, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Sebastian Serra as Braulio and Carlos Sánchez Falú as Pipo.

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The cast also includes Ariana DeBose (Anita); Ana Isabelle (Rosalia); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d'Arcy James (Officer Krupke) and Curtiss Cook (Abe).

Three-time Oscar victor Spielberg is helming from a script by Pulitzer-winner Tony Kushner ("Angels in America"), with choreographer Justin Peck ("Carousel") reimagining Jerome Robbins' classic musical numbers for the Spielberg film. The 1961 film adaptation won 10 Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Moreno, Best Picture and Best Director. But Spielberg has his own heavy hitters on his team. Tony Award-winner Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers in the film.

With music by late maestro and musical giant Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the soundtrack for the original Broadway production West Side Story is one of the greatest musical theatre scores in history.

"West Side Story" is set to screen in theaters nationwide December 18, 2020.

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