Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, in the center, play Tony and Maria in the adaptation of Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story". (Photo: FOX 20TH CENTURY)
In the adaptation of "West Side Story" by Steven Spielberg, Tony is wearing Chucks.
A first photo is out for the new film version of the Broadway musical starring Ansel Elgort ("Baby Driver", "The Fault to Our Stars") as Tony, and Rachel Zegler, a native of New Jersey Colombian-American, in the role of Maria. The two men hold hands as their friends and families in conflict surround them.
Zegler, in particular, is excited share the first shot of Maria, looking into Tony's eyes.
The movie, about the damned lovers in the 1950s in New York rival gangs Jets and Sharks is in production. In the new image, the warring groups seem to be able to engage in ballet dancing at any time.
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In Spielberg's version of the Broadway adaptation, members of the Hispanic Sharks group play by Latino actors. David Alvarez, a Canadian born of Cuban parents and winner of Tony in 2009 for "Billy Elliot", will play Bernardo, Maria's brother and the leader of the Sharks.
Tony and Maria (center) are also represented by the Jets (from left to right): Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones), Jets Riff leader (Mike Faist) and Baby John (Patrick Higgins) and Sharks (on Maria's right): Bernardo (Alvarez), Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú ).
Rita Moreno, the Puerto Rican-born actress who won an Oscar for the leading role of Anita in the first film "West Side Story" in 1961 (and regrets that she was asked to to wear a dark makeup for the role), is an executive producer and will play Valentina, a reworked version of Doc, the owner of the candy store.
"West Side Story" hits theaters on December 18, 2020.
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