The original film came out in 1961.
Ansel Elgort will star in the West Side Story remake from director Steven Spielberg.
Elgort will star as Tony, the male lead of the musical, according to THR. Elgort previously starred in 2017’s Baby Driver and the Divergent series of films. A female lead has not yet been cast.
Spielberg will direct the musical remake. He is also attached to direct Indiana Jones 5, though that film has been delayed from its original July 2020 release date.
West Side Story will reunite Spielberg with Tony Kushner, who previously wrote Lincoln and co-wrote Munich.
The original West Side Story came out in 1961 and is based on the Broadway musical of the same name. The original film was directed by Robert Weiss and Jerome Robbins and went on to win 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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