West Side Story: Steven Spielberg unveils first Oscar trailer


With a splendid photograph and sumptuous plans, the confrontation between the Jets and the Sharks seen by the director on the music of Bernstein promises to be magnificent.

Sixty years after the release of the film by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, the trailer for the musical West Side Story Steven Spielberg’s version aired during the 93rd Academy Awards tonight. In 1962, the Academy had crowned the original ten times.

The feature film was shot in 2019, but the director worked four years on its adaptation. Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize winner for theatrical work in 1993 is credited with the screenplay. The story, taken from Shakespeare’s drama Romeo & Juliet, was originally written and set to music by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, and the show, intended for the stage, was first a Broadway hit in 1957.

After the first colorful shots unveiled in March, this trailer confirms Steven Spielberg’s artistic bias and unveils a neat photograph. The few plans presented give hope for a splendid clash between the Jets and the Sharks. The two rival bands will settle their scores on the big screen, unless postponed, from December 8, 2021.

In the cast, we find Rita Moreno, Oscar winner for her role of Anita in the 1961 version. Also executive producer on the film, this time she will play Valentina, the revisited character of Doc the grocer. Ansel Elgort will put on Tony’s clothes, Ariana DeBose will be Anita’s, David Alvarez will play Bernardo, Rachel Zegler will be Maria, Ana Isabelle will be Rosalia, Corey Stoll will be Lieutenant Schrank, Brian d’Arcy James will play Officer Krupke and Curtiss Cook the character of Abe. Let the battle begin.

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