The musical, about young love and the tension between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York, is in production. Ansel Elgort stars as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria, the star-crossed lovers, alongside a host of other cast members in the first picture.
Spielberg is adapting the original Broadway musical, which was inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and written by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Walt Disney Studios will release the film in December 2020.
Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner has penned the script for the movie. Tony Award winner Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers. The film’s music team includes Gustavo Dudamel of the L.A. Philharmonic, who will conduct the recording of Bernstein’s iconic score.
Pictured (from left to right): 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).