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Ansel Elgort Surprises 'West Side Story' Co-Star Rachel Zegler at Her High School Musical!

Ansel Elgort is so proud of his West Side Story co-star!

Rachel Zelger – who was recently cast as Maria in the upcoming Steven Spielberg movie musical – took to Instagram to share a photo of she and the 25-year-old Baby Driver actor after she starred in her high school musical, Shrek.

“met this FAN at the stagedoor! he was pretty cool! not sure if y’all have heard of him? pretty sure his name’s tony,” the 17-year-old star captioned the below shot.

You can catch a clip of Rachel as Fiona in Shrek here.

See the post below!

Rita Moreno Explains Important Detail About Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' Remake!

Rita Moreno is super “excited” about the upcoming West Side Story movie from director Steven Spielberg!

The acclaimed actress, who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for playing Anita in the 1961 version of West Side Story, will return for the remake as an executive producer and different role: Valentina, a re-conceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works.

While making an appearance on Busy PhilippsBusy Tonight on Thursday (March 7) alongside her One Day at a Time co-star Justina Machado and writer Gloria Calderon Kellett, Rita said she is “beside myself” about appearing in the movie musical. “I’m so excited!”

“Here’s what’s really important,” Rita added. “All the Latinos are actually going to be Latino.” Watch the complete interview below!


Rita Moreno on “One Day at a Time” & Returning to “West Side Story”

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'West Side Story' Movie Casts Maria, Anita & More!

The upcoming West Side Story movie from director Steven Spielberg has announced its core cast!

New Jersey High School student Rachel Zegler will star as Maria opposite Ansel Elgort in the role of Tony. Rachel won the role after auditioning against 30,000 other people around the world!

Broadway veterans Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez will star as Anita and Bernado, members of the Sharks. You may recognize Ariana from Hamilton and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and you may recognize David from his work in Billy Elliot.

“I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this amazing cast,” Rachel, 17, said in a statement to Deadline. She submitted for the role after seeing the casting notice on Twitter. “West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community.”

“I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of the remarkable women who have played Anita – including Chita Rivera and, of course, the incomparable Rita Moreno,” Ariana added in a statement. “I relate so strongly to Anita – a strong Puerto Rican woman who came to New York in search of opportunity – and I feel so fortunate for the chance to work with this amazing cast and creative team.”

Filming will reportedly begin this summer. The Leonard Bernstein musical was previously made into a movie in 1961 and has been on Broadway several times over the past decades.

Rita Moreno to Star in Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' Remake!

Rita Moreno is revisiting her iconic film!

The acclaimed actress, who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for playing Anita in the 1961 version of West Side Story, will return for the Steven Spielberg-directed remake, Deadline confirmed on Tuesday (November 27).

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In addition, Rita will be an executive producer of the upcoming adaptation of the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim lyric musical.

However, she will playing a different role: in the new movie, she will play Valentina, a re-conceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself revisiting this seminal work. And to be asked by Steven Spielberg to participate is simply thrilling! Then to work together with the brilliant playwright, Tony Kushner – what a glorious stew! I am tingling!” she said.

“From our earliest discussions, we wanted to include Rita Moreno in our production. Her Anita is one of the greatest musical performances ever filmed, and a personal favorite of mine. We created an original role for her, and we feel beyond fortunate that Rita will bring her extraordinary gifts as an actress, as well as her deep understanding of West Side Story to this production as an executive producer,” said Steven.

Filming for West Side Story is set to begin in the summer of 2019.

Naya Rivera Shares Her 'West Side Story' Movie Audition Video - Watch Now!

Naya Rivera sounds amazing!

The 31-year-old actress and singer posted a video of her West Side Story movie audition on her personal Instagram account after the “file was too big to send via email for my audition.”

“@unitedtalentagency file was too big to send via email for my audition. Thought I’d try it this way,” Naya wrote.

“Hi my name is Naya Rivera, I’m 5’4″ and I’m singing for the role of Anita,” Naya said in the video, before belting out the famous West Side Story song “America.”

Naya isn’t the only star to share her audition video – Ben Platt shared his as well!

If you don’t know, West Side Story is getting a remake, set to be directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Ben Platt Shares Video from His 'West Side Story' Movie Audition

Ben Platt is giving his fans a peek inside the audition process for a movie musical!

The 23-year-old Tony-winning actor just sent in an audition tape to play the role of Tony in the upcoming movie version of West Side Story, set to be directed by Steven Spielberg.

“Actors spend lots of time making tapes that never see the light of day- usually embarrassing, poorly shot ones. This one I liked (it’s still poorly shot) so I’m sharing it- I encourage fellow actors to do the same so long as the material is public stuff 😊,” Ben wrote on Twitter.

In the video, Ben sings the song “Maria.” He previously sang the West Side Story song “Somewhere” during a performance at the Grammys in January.