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Wednesday, March 20

Release date announced for Spielberg's West Side Story movie

Further casting has been announced for Steven Spielberg's West Side Story film, which is expected to begin shooting this summer with a release date  of December 18, 2020

According to Deadline, joining the previously announced two leads Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in the film will be  Corey Stoll (Ant-Man and Midnight in Paris) as the fearsome Lieutenant Schrank and three-time Tony-nominee Brian dʼArcy James as iconic Officer Krupke who was the original King George in Hamilton on Broadway.

They  join Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Rita Moreno (Valentina) and Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino).

Set in 1950s New York, the classic musical tells of the gang rivalry between the New York Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. It is loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and features classic numbers including "I Feel Pretty", "Something's Coming", "America", "Cool" and "Tonight". It has music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

The original film came out in 1961 and starred Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. It went on to win ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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