Ansel Elgort To Woo Us In Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY Remake

Hmmm…

It’s possible we’re not saying enough about the fact that Steven Spielberg is going to direct a new version of West Side Story. The original is such a classic, and Spielberg’s superiority in general is hard to argue with. The fact that he’s taking on this musical is kind of a big deal.

Perhaps it is because we haven’t had any solid details about the film yet. That ends today, however, with the casting of Ansel Elgort as Tony, the film’s lead.

It’s a casting choice that will make some cheer and others nervous. Even at his best (Baby Driver, natch) Elgort still comes across as a little blank. Maybe that’s part of the point here. Or maybe Spielberg sees something in the actor that I haven’t been able to see for myself.

In any case, it’s definitely interesting, and now I’m even more curious to see this cast come together. West Side Story is expected to start production this summer.

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