Watch the Teaser Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” as Debuted During the Oscars (Film Out 12/10)

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During Sunday night’s broadcast of The Oscars, the world received its first glimpse of director Steven Spielberg’s anticipated new adaptation of West Side Story.

The remake of the iconic 1961 musical (itself an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway production) is currently slated to be released on Dec. 10, 2021, after being delayed significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THR notes that filming for the movie wrapped back in October 2019.

Spielberg’s new version stars Ansel Elgort of Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent film series (as Tony) and singer/actress/YouTube personality Rachel Zegler (as Maria), and you can watch the teaser trailer below:

The official synopsis of the new West Side Story adaptation, via the trailer’s information page:

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (María); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). Moreno – one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony® and Peabody Awards – also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also serves as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (“Anastasia”), who arranged the score; Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), who supervised the cast on vocals; and Grammy®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago”), who served as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. “West Side Story” has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

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