Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler lead the colorful musical

The film is being released exclusively in theaters on Dec. 10, just in time for the holidays. No doubt 20th Century Studios is encouraged by the recent theatrical success of films like “No Time to Die,” “Dune” and most recently “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” Granted, a Steven Spielberg musical is no sci-fi epic or Bond film, but it’s the kind of adult-skewing film that often performs well in the December corridor.

The three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker has long hoped to make a musical, and he brings his masterful eye for shot composition and stage direction to vibrant life with “West Side Story,” uniting with longtime cinematographer Janusz Kaminski to offer their most colorful live-action film since 2002’s “Catch Me If You Can.”

Spielberg is already at work on his next project, a coming-of-age story based on his experience growing up in Arizona starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Seth Rogen. Spielberg co-wrote the screenplay himself with Kushner. The film is currently in post-production.

The cast for “West Side Story” also includes Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo, Mike Faist as Riff, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Ana Isabelle as Rosalía, Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank, Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke and Rita Moreno (who played Anita in the 1961 film) as new character Valentina, who owns the corner store where Tony works. Moreno also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.

Check out the new “West Side Story” trailer in the video player above.


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