West Side Story: Trailer for Spielberg’s Remake of 1961 Oscar Winner

Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort as Star-Crossed Lovers in Trailer for Spielberg’s Remake of ‘West Side Story’

Rachel Zegler as Maria in 20th
Niko Tavernise

The official trailer for Spielberg’s West Side Story remake.

Disney and 20th Century Studios on Wednesday debuted an extended look at the reimagining of the classic musical about fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.

In the new version of West Side Story, Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort portray Maria and Tony, whose ill-fated romance fuels a bitter strife between local street gangs the Sharks and the Jets.


“I’ve never seen you before. You’re not Puerto Rican,” a smitten Maria tells Tony. He wonders aloud: “Is that OK?”

Maria’s friend Anita (“Do you want to start World War III?”) and her overprotective brother Bernardo (“The first gringo boy who smiles as you?”) don’t approve of their love.

“I’m a grown-up now,” Maria says. “I’m going to think for myself.”

West Side Story marks Spielberg’s first musical, after having tackled just about every movie genre, including sci-fi, war movies thrillers.

The cast also includes Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo and Mike Faist as Riff.

Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her performance as Maria in the 1961 film, appears in the remake and served as an executive producer.

The original movie, based on the musical by Steven Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, was critically beloved, winning 10 Oscar Awards. including Best Picture.

That sets a high bar, but Moreno has promises that Spielberg’s new take on “West Side Story “is “astonishing.”

“The sets will blow you away,” she said. “You will really believe you’re in el barrio.”

After several pandemic-related delays, “West Side Story” is scheduled to premiere in theaters on December 10.