Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” Gets First Trailer

Rachel Zegler in
Rachel Zegler in "West Side Story"

Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story got its first trailer.

This marks the filmmaker’s first time directing a musical. Writing the script is Tony Kushner (Lincoln, Fences) and he says he’ll be sticking closer to the original Broadway script than the 1961 film.

Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler are set to play teenagers Tony and Maria who are from rival street gangs, but end up falling in love. Also starring in the film are Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll, and Brian d’Arcy James.

Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for playing Anita in the 1961 film, will be appearing in a supporting role and she can be heard singing in the trailer. She’ll be playing Valentina, who’s a reworking of Tony’s boss Doc from the Broadway and film versions.

The 1961 adaptation of the musical won 10 Oscars including Best Picture, making it one of the most awarded films, just behind Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Titanic, and Ben-Hur, which have 11 wins each.

West Side Story is set to debut on December 10. Check out the trailer below.