The highly anticipated âWest Side Storyâ film premiered Monday in New York City and was praised by many who saw it.
“It’s so beautifully shot and staged, such a perfect lineup of the usual music directors, that I’m afraid I want to now [director Steven Spielberg] do two or three more, âwrote screenwriter Jesse Hassenger.
âIt was amazing,â Joanna Robinson, Ringer’s writer, posted a tweet.
âSometimes when a movie is as popular as the original ‘West Side Story’, you think ‘Can lightning strike twice? “Well, lightning struck twice”, Nikki, a fandango correspondent Novak spoke to Inside Edition.
Along with a few hundred entertainment writers, I attended the New York premiere screening at a Chelsea movie theater. Since the announcement of a remake three years ago, I have been following this film closely. I even went to the theater to see it. SetsIt was built in Paterson, New Jersey while it was still open to the public prior to filming. Spielberg, in the upscale neighborhood of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, paid tribute to Stephen Sondheim (the film’s lyricist), who died 4 days earlier at the age of 91.
The film marks Spielberg’s musical directorial debut and hits theaters on December 10. Tony Kushner, the screenwriter, adapted the script to develop the characters and add more depth. There’s new dialogue, as well as nods to the well-known lines of the original.
âThis is probably one of the most intimidating projects I have ever undertakenâ¦ and kinda crazy to take a theatrical masterpiece that has already been turned into a movie masterpiece and d ‘try to do it through your different eyes and different sensibilities, “Spielberg said in” West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film “, Laurent Bouzereau’s new book is out now.
“West Side Story” The film stars Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler (20) as Maria. It is based on the 1957 theatrical adaptation. Zegler was one of 30,000 women who applied for the role. After a year of auditions, tests and screenings, Spielberg offered the role to Zegler in January 2019. At the time, she was only 17 years old.
Zegler performed despite heading to the big screen with her first professional acting gig. ThisJahr in his high school musical production “Shrek”. Zegler’s co-star Ansel Elgort was in attendance. Zegler took his last year off before his last salvation. She skipped her prom and started working on the film.
âI can’t wait to see Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose careers explode after this. They take him out of the park as Maria and Anita in this beautiful designed film â, Write Nora Dominique.
There’s also an early buzz for Ariana DeBose anRita Moreno, who played Anita in the 1962 Oscar-winning film, and Valentina Moreno, who plays Valentina, play the roles. It’s a new role in the film and takes the place of Doc, the owner of the pharmacy. In this adaptation, Moreno plays the widow of Doc, who manages the pharmacy where many scenes of the film take place.
Moreno, the first Latina woman to win the award for Best Supporting Actress, portrayed Anita. She made headlines in 2018 when she again wore her dress to the Oscars.
“It would be amazing to see this woman who is about to turn 90 win an Oscar for West Side Story. It never happened. It would be unprecedented and it is so deserved. Novak also added.