With Steven Spielberg's West Side Story coming later this year, 2021 belongs more to the musical genre than it does to superhero flicks. In The Heights, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Dear Evan Hansen, Annette, Cinderella, and the upcoming tick, tick... BOOM!, Cyrano, and Pinocchio... Let's just say there is no shortage of big screen content for musical-loving fans. And funnily enough, a lot of those also mark prominent film directors' debut in the genre: Spielberg, of course, but also Leos Carax, Guillermo del Toro, and Joe Wright.
In any case, Spielberg's take on West Side Story is definitely one of this year's most anticipated, a revival of the iconic Stephen Sondheim stage show. Originally inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, it was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1957 before heading to the big screen in 1961 and scooping no less than 10 Academy Awards. Easily (and broadly) regarded as one of the best cinematic musicals of all time, Spielberg's adaptation certainly has some big shoes to fill.
The upcoming romantic musical drama will reportedly stick more closely to the Broadway script than the 1961 feature. West Side Story stars newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria Vasquez, Baby Driver's Ansel Elgort as Tony, Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo Vasquez, Mike Faist as Riff, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Corey Stoll as Police Lieutenant Schrank, and Brian d'Arcy James as Police Sergeant Krupke. Rita Moreno, who played Anita the 1961 film, appears here as Valentina and shares executive producing credits.
The brand new, full-length trailer for Spielberg's adaptation shows a reverence for the style and aesthetics of the 1961 West Side Story, courtesy of regular 'berg collaborator Janusz Kamiński. No big surprises to be uncovered here of course, but between Zegler's voice, the grandiose set pieces, and the image's lustrous sheen, West Side Story looks to be a well-produced marriage between big-budget Hollywood and Broadway royalty.
Steven Spielberg's West Side Story releases in cinemas December 10th. Watch the full trailer below: