The first look at Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story has been revealed — and it looks pretty par for the course. Rather than do a remake of the classic 1961 Oscar-winning film, Spielberg is doing a big-screen adaptation of the original 1957 Broadway musical, which was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

The tale remains the same. As a take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York.
Pictured left to right are: Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).

West Side Story is produced and directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers in the film. It’s slated to be released December 2020.