West Side Story is a Steven Spielberg musical starring Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort and Rita Moreno.
West Side Story is Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1957 musical of the same name, which tells of two rival gangs and a tragic love story in New York.
West Side Story (2021) Movie Info
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Original Language: English
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer: Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Kevin McCollum
Writer: Tony Kushner
Release Date (Theaters): Dec 10, 2021 wide
Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox, Amblin Entertainment
Current Trailer for West Side Story
Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” | Official Teaser | 20th Century Studios
Complete Storyline and information about West Side Story
Set in 1950s New York, West Side Story tells the story of two rival gangs. On the one hand, there are the local Jets, who want to defend their territory at all costs. Their rivals are the Sharks, immigrant Puerto Ricans who also want to stake their claim in the streets of the city.
But when Jets member Tony (Ansel Elgort) falls in love with Maria (Rachel Zegler), the sister of Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez), the tense situation escalates and soon there are casualties on both sides of the opposing gangs to mourn. Will the two lovers still be able to fall into each other’s arms in the end? Or will their backgrounds force them to live apart forever?
Background and info on West Side Story
The 1957 musical West Side Story was written by Arthur Laurents, while Leonard Bernstein contributed the compositions and Stephen Sondheim the vocal lyrics. The original idea was the brainchild of choreographer Jerome Robbins and was titled East Side Story. The basic outline of the story can also be read as a modern version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Four years after its premiere, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins adapted West Side Story for the big screen for the first time. Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer starred as Maria and Tony. More than half a century later, it was announced that none other than Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg was working on a remake of the material before the first public casting call was launched in January 2018. (MH)