Date: 15th July 2019
20th Century Fox has shared the first image of Ariana DeBose as Anita in Stephen Spielberg's West Side Story remake.
DeBose, a former "So You Think You Can Dance" contestant who earned a Tony nomination last year playing Mary Wilson in the Donna Summer bio-musical "Summer", will step into the role made famous by Chita Rivera on Broadway in 1957 and then by Rita Moreno in the 1961 film adaptation, which earned her an Academy Award.
An adaptation of the original Broadway hit, West Side Story explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York. The film is now in production for Twentieth Century Fox and The Walt Disney Studios with an anticipated 2020 release.
The cast includes Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (Maria); Ana Isabelle (Rosalia); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d'Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Curtiss Cook (Abe) and Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno, the original "Anita" in the early 1960s version of the story.
Source: Press Release