Ansel Elgort to Play Tony in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Remake

Ansel Elgort to Play Tony in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Remake

Ansel Elgort to Play Tony in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Remake

Steven Spielberg is making his very own West Side Story, but he's run into a bit of a pre-production snag: nearly no big time Hollywood actors these days can act, sing, and dance, and do them all amazingly.

Cape Town - Ansel Elgort has been cast in the lead role for Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story. Ansel Elgort has signed on to play the role in the film, Deadline reports. It is, in fact, directly influenced by William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", although the musical takes several contextual liberties when translating the Capulet-Montague feud in order to tell a story about youth in NY in the 1950s.

Originally inspired by "Romeo and Juliet", West Side Story follows the rivalry between New York City street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

At its core, West Side Story centers on a tale of star-crossed lovers.

It's no secret that Steven Spielberg has been quietly working on bringing West Side Story back to the big screen. The film adaption absolutely cleaned up at the Academy Awards, receiving 11 nominations and winning ten, including Best Director for Wise and Robbins along with Best Picture. Filming is set to begin next summer.

Pulitzer prize victor and Oscar nominee Tony Kushner penned the revival of the 1957 musical, which was originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein.

The production team has held auditions over the course of many months in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico for actors, singers and dancers to round out the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with talk of an unknown playing opposite Elgort as Maria.

Yet, Elgort's onscreen presence definitely fits Tony's tragically idealistic journey.

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