After a year-long pandemic delay, Steven Spielberg's much-anticipated remake of quintessential New York City musical West Side Story is almost here. And now you can watch the official trailer for the film, which is Spielberg's love letter to the original film, 1950s NYC, and the enduring mythology of well-choreographed street gangs named after elasmobranch fish and/or hockey teams.
Way back in the summer of 2019, the movie was spotted being filmed in various locations around the city, including East 131st Street (the "America" scene), West 107th Street (where they filmed "Maria"), St. Nicholas Avenue between 111th and 113th Streets and other parts of Harlem, plus some locations in Brooklyn and Queens. As was the case with other recent Spielberg shoots here (see Bridge Of Spies, The Post), the streets where the shoots take place were always filled with the hum of beautiful vintage cars, as if they were heralding the coming of a sure-to-be Oscar-nominated period piece.
The film stars Ansel Elgort (Tony) and newcomer Rachel Zegler (Maria) as the star-crossed lovers, based on Romeo and Juliet. Ariana DeBose plays Anita, David Alvarez plays Bernardo, Corey Stall plays Lieutenant Schrank, Brian d'Arcy James plays Officer Krupke, Maddie Ziegler plays Velma, and original star Rita Moreno (who won an Oscar playing Anita) will play Valentina, a reworked version of the character Doc, the owner of the corner store where Tony works.
Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright Tony Kushner adapted the script, and choreographer Justin Peck (Carousel, resident choreographer of New York City Ballet) reimagined the dance moves of Jerome Robbins' original steps.
The movie was originally supposed to furiously snap its way into theaters in December 2020, but was delayed because of the pandemic. It will now shimmy into existence on December 10th, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the release of the original 1961 film. (It will have an exclusive 45-day theatrical run and then hit Disney+ after that.)