WEST SIDE STORY Trailer Shows Vibrant Adaptation To The Classic Musical

WEST SIDE STORY Trailer Shows Vibrant Adaptation To The Classic Musical

20th Century Studios has released a wonderful new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the classic musical West Side Story. This is a classic and I am very fond of the original, and the more footage I see, the more I feel the nostalgia of my first time experiencing the original.

West Side Story tells the story of forbidden love between two teenagers – Tony, who is played by Ansel Elgort, and Maria, who is played by newcomer Rachel Zegler. The story also revolves around the rivalry between two street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, who are of two different ethnic backgrounds.

The members of the Jets include Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); and Baby John (Patrick Higgins). Then there are the Sharks, including Maria’s brother and leader Bernardo (David Alvarez), Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra), and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú). The film also stars Ariana DeBose (Anita), Ana Isabelle (Rosalia), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke), and Curtiss Cook (Abe).

When talking previously about adapting the story for modern times, Spielberg explained: “This story is not only a product of its time, but that time has returned, and it’s returned with a kind of social fury. I really wanted to tell that Puerto Rican, Nuyorican experience of basically the migration to this country and the struggle to make a living, and to have children, and to battle against the obstacles of xenophobia and racial prejudice.”

The script for the movie comes from Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner, who previously worked with Spielberg on Munich and Lincoln, and it’s explained that he had “to craft an updated story that retains the familiar songs but embeds them in a more realistic cityscape.”

West Side Story hits theaters on December 10th, 2021.

Source: 20th Century Studios/Youtube

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