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Spielberg chose an unknown actress for the role of Maria in “West Side Story”

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The seventeen-year-old actress Rachel Zegler, who is still at school, is by director Steven Spielberg cast for the role of Mary in spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story”.

For the two main supporting characters of Anita and the Shark-members Bernardo and Chino chose Spielberg for Broadway actors. Ariana DeBose plays Anita and David Alvarez is chosen as Bernardo, reports Deadline. Josh Andrés Rivera is the role of Chino interpret. Earlier it was announced that Ansel Elgort in the skin of Tony creeps.

In total, reported more than 30,000 people to audition for the movie. Spielberg and his producententeam wanted for the roles of the Puerto Rican immigrants actually actors of Latin American descent.

Also, Rita Moreno is seen in “West Side Story”. The 87-year-old actress starred in the original from 1961 the role of Anita. Now it will show as Valentina, a female character that the role of Doc, the owner of a local grocery store, replace. Moreno is also one of the producers of the film.

“West Side Story” is a contemporary adaptation of the story of Romeo and Juliet. The musical tells about two young people from rival gangs, Tony and Maria, who fall in love with each other.

The piece, that in 1957 it was first performed on Broadway, received at the time, six Tony nominations. The film in 1961, following which Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in the leading roles played, won ten Oscars. The shooting of the remake go this summer started.

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