West Side Story 2021 Movie Review, Trailer, Filming, Cast and Release Date

West Side Story 2021 Movie Review, Trailer, Filming, Cast and Release Date

West Side Story is an American musical film directed by Steven Spielberg, set for release in 2021. It is a new adaptation of the music West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, created in 1957 and itself based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

The music had already been adapted for cinema in 1961byJerome Robbins and Robert Wise; this new version is intended to be closer to the original work.

Movie Storyline

The theme of the movie is taken from the Upper West Side, the 1950s. Two groups of young people clash: on the one hand the Sharks - led by Bernardo - and on the other the Jets, with the Riff at their head. Tony, linked to the Jets, is going to fall in love with Maria, Bernardo's sister.

Wiki / Info

Original title

West Side Story


Steven Spielberg


Tony Kushner, based on the musical West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and Arthur Laurents (libretto)

Artistic direction

Deborah Jensen


Adam Stockhausen


Paul Tazewell


Janusz Kamiński


Michael Kahn


Leonard Bernstein and David Newman


Kristie Macosko Krieger, Kevin McCollum and Steven Spielberg; Rita Moreno (executive producer)

Production companies

20th Century Studios and Amblin Entertainment

Distribution companies

Walt Disney Studios Distribution


$ 100,000,000 (100 million)

Country of origin

United States

Original language





Musical, Romance

Release date

United States - December 10, 2021

West Side Story Cast


Role as

Ansel Elgort


Rachel Zegler


Rita Moreno


Ariana DeBose


David Alvarez


Corey Stoll

Lieutenant Schrank

Brian d'Arcy James

Sergeant Krupke

Mike Faist


Curtiss Cook


Ben Cook


Ana Isabelle


West Side Story Movie Trailer


Development and Choice of Actors

Steven Spielberg first expresses his wish to re-adapt West Side Story inMarch 2014. He asks 20th Century Fox to acquire the rights. Tony Kushner, who previously collaborated with the director for Munich (2005) and Lincoln (2012), reveals in July 2017that he will write the script for the film, specifying that he will keep the musical scenes and that the plot will be closer to the original musical rather than the 1961 film.


In January 2018, it was announced that film will be directed by Steven Spielberg after the fifth film in the Indiana Jones franchise. However, this project was postponed. The director then begins the pre-production of West Side Story.

Justin Peck is hired as a choreographer in September 2018, while Ansel Elgort is cast for the lead male role, Tony. In November 2018, Eiza González is announced for the role of Anita. Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the 1961 film, joins the cast as Valentina, a reworked version of the Doc.

In January 2019, the unknown Rachel Zegler was formalized in the role of Maria, while Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez and Josh Andrés Rivera are confirmed in the respective roles of Anita, Bernardo and Chino. In March 2019, Corey Stoll and Brian d'Arcy James joined the cast.


The shooting begins June 17, 2019, in New York and northern New Jersey until September 27 Steven Spielberg posts a letter announcing the end of filming.


David Newman was hired for the soundtrack of the film, including arranging the music for Leonard Bernstein for the 1961 film. Gustavo Dudamel, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was then hired to lead the recording sessions, while Jeanine Tesori is the vocal coach.

West Side Story Release Date

The output of West Side Story was originally scheduled for December 18, 2020, in the USA. However, in September 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the date is postponed to December 10, 2021, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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