Steven Spielberg's West Side Story's first trailer has finally been released! Fans are overjoyed and fears have been tamed now that we have a beautiful first look!
Spielberg's Marvelous West Side Story Trailer Released
The trailer was so fittingly debuted during the Academy Awards where the original 1961 version took home a whopping 10 awards. Star Rita Moreno even became the first Latina to win an Oscar in film history.
The 2021 trailer is filled with vibrant colors, impressive choreography and powerful imagery. Fans recognized the clear homages to the original and became so excited to hear the new versions of "Dance at the Gym" and "Tonight".
The cast is filled with impressive names and Steven Spielberg even created a role specifically for Rita Moreno who portrayed "Anita" in the original. It is clear Steven has taken this project very seriously and hopes to make it as authentic as possible, going so far as to have the Puerto Rican "Sharks" portrayed by Puerto Rican actors. According to Vanity Fair, 20 of the 33 "Sharks" are Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent as opposed to white actors in brown makeup.
Steven himself told Vanity Fair, "This has been a journey without precedence: a joyful, stunning, moving, endlessly surprising encounter with the story and score of one of the world's greatest musicals. We filmed West Side Story all over New York, Flatbush to Fort Tryon Park. The city lent us its beauty and its energy, and we drew deeply upon its grand multicultural, multifaceted spirit."
Check out the stunning trailer here!