Ansel Elgort To Play Tony In Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' Remake

Carla Harmon
October 3, 2018

Ansel Elgort is starring in Steven Spielberg's upcoming musical West Side Story!

Given that West Side Story is a full-fledged musical, Spielberg has been seeking out individuals who cannot only act, but also sing and dance. The musical will be penned by Tony Kushner, who is re-teaming with Spielberg after their collaboration on Lincoln.

It's no secret that Steven Spielberg has been quietly working on bringing West Side Story back to the big screen.

It's a big get for Elgort, who was last seen in Baby Driver - especially given that Spielberg has reportedly spent the majority of 2018 thus far looking for the ideal actors to cast in his take on the classic tale, which offers up a twist on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Ansel Elgort has signed on to play the role in the film, Deadline reports. The story takes place in 1950s NY and is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

"West Side Story" is expected to kick off production next summer.

Arthur Laurents' book, Leonard Bernstein's music, and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics ultimately mesh together to form a dark but impactful coming-of-age narrative wrapped up in innovative song and dance. Larry Kert originated the role of Tony on Broadway in 1957, and the part was played by Richard Beymer for the film.

Star-crossed lovers: West Side Story is based on Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet. The feature film adaptation was helmed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins on its way to 10 Academy Awards.

Casting notices circulated in January indicated that Spielberg was looking for Spanish-speaking actors and actresses to fill the roles of the story's three other leading roles: Tony's girlfriend Maria, her best friend Anita, and her brother (and leader of rival gang The Sharks), Bernardo.

Lucky for him, Elgort fits that bill to a tee.

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