A First Look at Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story

Vanity Fair has an exclusive first look at Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated adaptation of the Broadway musical West Side Story.

“West Side Story was actually the first piece of popular music our family ever allowed into the home,” the Academy Award winning director told the magazine. “I absconded with it—this was the cast album from the 1957 Broadway musical—and just fell completely in love with it as a kid. West Side Story has been that one haunting temptation that I have finally given in to.”

Spielberg’s theatrical adaptation stars ICM Partners’ client Rachel Zegler as Maria, the story’s leading heroine.

“As a Colombian-American woman growing up in this day and age, strong roles like Maria are so important. To be able to bring that role to life— a role that means so much to the hispanic community— is so humbling,” Zegler said about her starring role in the film, that while a classic, is more relevant than ever.

“This story is not only a product of its time, but that time has returned, and it’s returned with a kind of social fury,” Spielberg said. “I really wanted to tell that Puerto Rican, Nuyorican experience of basically the migration to this country and the struggle to make a living, and to have children, and to battle against the obstacles of xenophobia and racial prejudice.”

The film’s theatrical release is scheduled for December 18, 2020.