A brand new film model of “West Aspect Story” has lastly discovered its Tony: Ansel Elgort.
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg spent a very long time trying to find a well-rounded romantic lead — with manufacturing taking a look at hundreds of actors — earlier than he landed on the 24-year-old actor, in line with the Hollywood Reporter.
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The musical is a 20th-century tackle “Romeo on Juliet.”
The story facilities round star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, who fall in love after assembly at a dance in New York within the 1950s. The issue: they’ve ties to 2 totally different gangs.
Tony as soon as belonged to a white gang referred to as the Jets and is greatest associates with Riff, its chief. And Maria’s brother, Bernardo, heads a rival Puerto Rican group referred to as the Sharks.
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“West Aspect Story” has been tailored for the massive display earlier than: Richard Beymer performed Tony within the 1961 film, reverse Natalie Wooden as Maria.
Manufacturing on the Spielberg-helmed flick will reportedly begin in the summertime of 2019.