Spielberg’s “West Side Story” Remake Is Actually Happening!

Spielberg’s “West Side Story” Remake Is Actually Happening!

We reported a few days ago that Steven Spielberg might be doing either Indiana Jones 5 or West Side Story as his next project, and now we have an official sign that the remake of West Side Story is officially moving forward as Spielberg has put out a casting call.

We don’t have much information on the project so far, but the West Side Story casting, which was first reported by Broadway World, has the director looking for three Latino performers for the roles of Maria, Anita, and Bernardo. The casting call also reveals that they are looking for a Caucasian actor for the role of Tony. All actors must be able to sing, and dancing experience is “a plus,” which if you’ve seen the original version or stage play that’s a pretty big plus.

As previously reported, longtime Spielberg collaborator Tony Kushner, who wrote the scripts for Lincoln and Munich, is penning the remake of the 1961 classic. The play which started in 1957 was brought to life on the screen a few short years later by directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The movie went on to garner 12 Academy Award nominations, winning 10 and won Best Picture that year. The last musical to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards was 2002’s Chicago.
West Side Story tells the tale of two street gangs who operate on the upper west side. As the two gangs battle for control of the turf, but the situation get’s muddy when one of the gang members falls in love with the rival’s sister. If you think this sounds like Romeo and Juliet, it’s because it was based on William Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, but with more singing and dancing.

In case you are wondering, Indiana Jones 5 is apparently still a go set for release in July 2020, but if the casting is taking place for West Side Story now, we have to expect that this will get made before then unless production costs hold him up. In the meantime, if you want to watch the original West Side Story you can check it out on Amazon Prime.

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