West Side Story is an upcoming 2020 live-action musical film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. It is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, a remake of the 1961 live-action film adaptation of the same name and was inspired by Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2020 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures under the 20th Century Studios banner.


The film will attempt to return to the roots of the original 1957 Broadway version instead of the 1961 film adaptation.[3] Tony and Maria fell madly in love with each other in New York City set in the 1950s, but they had associations with competing street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.


  • Ansel Elgort as Tony[4]
  • Rachel Zegler as Maria[5]
  • Ariana DeBose as Anita[6]
  • David Alvarez as Bernardo
  • Mike Faist as Riff
  • Corey Stoll as Police Lieutenant Schrank
  • Brian d'Arcy James as Police Sergeant Krupke
  • Rita Moreno as Valentina, a rewritten version of Doc[7]
  • Curtiss Cook as Abe


  • Ezra Menas as Anybodys
  • Ben Cook as Mouthpiece
  • Sean Harrison Jones as Action
  • Patrick Higgins as Baby John
  • Paloma Garcia-Lee as Graziella
  • Maddie Ziegler as Velma[8]


  • Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino
  • Ana Isabelle as Rosalia
  • Julius Anthony Rubio as Quique
  • Ricardo Zayas as Chago
  • Sebastian Serra as Braulio
  • Carlos Sánchez Falú as Pipo


The film begun production and filming on June 17, 2019.[9] It has been filmed in New York City and northern New Jersey through August.[10][11][12] Production officially ended on September 27, 2019.[13]



  • Prior to its acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019, Disney previously considered making a film adaptation of West Side Story in 1996, but it never came to fruition. The film was to have been directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a screenplay by Arthur Laurents and the film being reportedly updated in the 1990s.[15]
  • The film marks the first time Steven Spielberg has directed a musical film.
  • This will be the last Disney movie of 2020.


  1. D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 14, 2019). "Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Finds its Maria, Anita, Bernardo and Chino", Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on February 2, 2019. 
  2. Adalessandro, Anthony (May 7, 2019). "Disney-Fox Updates Release Schedule: Sets Three Untitled ‘Star Wars’ Movies, ‘Avatar’ Franchise To Kick Off In 2021 & More". Deadline. Retrieved on May 7, 2019.
  3. "Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Will Go Back to Basics", Vanity Fair, Condé Nast (October 23, 2018). Retrieved on November 15, 2018. 
  4. Loughrey, Clarisse (October 2, 2018). "Ansel Elgort to star as lead in Spielberg's West Side Story remake", The Independent. Retrieved on February 3, 2019. 
  5. "West Side Story: High school student cast as Maria in Spielberg remake", BBC (January 15, 2019). Retrieved on February 2, 2019. 
  6. McPhee, Ryan (January 14, 2019). "West Side Story Film Casts Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, and More". Playbill.
  7. Bowenbank, Starr. "Everything We Know About Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Remake", Elle, April 19, 2019
  8. Sorren, Martha. "Melissa Ziegler Happily Left Fame Behind After Dance Moms", Woman's Day, July 1, 2019
  9. Wiseman, Andreas (June 17, 2019). "‘West Side Story’: First Look At The Jets & The Sharks In Steven Spielberg’s Musical Update". Deadline.
  11. Beckerman, Jim. "West Side Story movie set going up in Paterson ahead of filming", North Jersey Record, July 3, 2019
  12. Kuperinsky, Amy. "Spielberg's West Side Story headed to Newark as production readies Paterson set. Feel pretty yet?",, August 2, 2019
  13. Parker, Ryan. "Spielberg's West Side Story Wraps, New Photos From Set Shared", The Hollywood Reporter, October 2, 2019; and Peck, Justin. "That’s a wrap, 9.27.2019", Instagram, September 27, 2019
  14. The Walt Disney Studios - First Look at 'West Side Story'
  15. New Disney West Side Story Movie? | Playbill

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