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    Updated on Jan 17, 2019. Posted on Jan 15, 2019

    Here's What The New "West Side Story" Cast Looks Like Vs. The Original

    Steven Spielberg is directing the re-make, set to shoot this summer.

    If you're anyone who loves musicals, heck just incredible films in general, then I don't need to explain to you what West Side Story is.

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    For the rest of you, the iconic 1961 film (based on the 50s-set Broadway musical) starred Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and Russ Tamblyn and also won 10 Academy Awards — which, for the record, is the most Oscar wins for any musical film ever.

    Fast forward to 2019! Steven Spielberg is directing a remake (shooting begins this summer) and they recently announced who's been cast as the leads! Here's a look...

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    Maria — played by Natalie Wood then and Rachel Zegler now:

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    Fun facts: Wood did not actually provide the singing voice for Maria in West Side Story, she was dubbed over by Marni Nixon. As for Zegler, she is a 17-year-old high school student in New Jersey and this will be her feature film debut! And you can see her singing here.

    Tony — played by Richard Beymer then and Ansel Elgort now:

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    Fun facts: Richard Beymer also starred in Twin Peaks with fellow West Side Story pal Russ Tamblyn (Riff). And Elgort has a side career as an EDM artist under the name Ansølo — you can listen to his Soundcloud here.

    Anita — played by Rita Moreno then and Ariana DeBose now:

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    Fun facts: Rita Moreno is one of only a few EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) award winners — she won Best Supporting Actress Oscar for West Side Story! DeBose, meanwhile, was an original cast member in the Broadway smash hit Hamilton.

    Bernardo — played by George Chakiris then and David Alvarez now:

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    Fun facts: Chakiris won both a Golden Globe and Academy Award for his role as Bernardo. And Alvarez was one of the original three boys cast to play Billy on Broadway in Billy Elliot the Musical — they went on to win a Tony Award for their roles.

    Chino — played by Jose De Vega then and Josh Andrés Rivera now:

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    Fun facts: West Side Story was De Vega's very first film credit and the new version will be Rivera's first film credit, too!

    Doc — played by Ned Glass then and by Rita Moreno now:

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    Fun facts: Glass appeared in more than 80 films during his career. Meanwhile, Moreno's new West Side Story character Valentina will be a "reconceived and expanded version of the character of Doc."

    Riff, who was played by Russ Tamblyn in 1961, has yet to be cast/announced for the new film... so STAY TUNED!

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    Fun fact: Tamblyn is actress Amber Tamblyn's dad!

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