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Steven Spielberg has cast his next star for the upcoming remake of West Side Story.
Maddie Ziegler will play a member of the Jets, one of the rival gangs from the 1961 musical film. While it’s unclear who she’ll play in the film, it’s likely her dance talent caught Spielberg’s eye as Ziegler, 16, rose to fame on Dance Moms and has worked extensively with Sia on her music videos.
Cast - Tony - Mike - Faist - Riff
Joining the cast is Tony nominee Mike Faist who will portray Riff, the leader of the Jets, opposite Ansel Elgort who was cast as the male lead, Tony.
While 17-year-old Rachel Zegler has been cast in the lead role of Maria, Ana Isabelle, a famous Puerto Rican singer and actress, will play her friend and coworker Rosalia.
Rita - Moreno - Oscar - Performance - Film
Rita Moreno, who won the Oscar for her performance in the 1961 film version, will return to the remake in the role of Valentina, a remade version of the character Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works.
Several other actors have been cast as part of the ensemble including David Aviles Morales, Yesenia Ayala, María Alejandra...
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