I’ll admit, I was extremely hesitant and skeptical when I heard about Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story. Obviously it couldn’t hold a candle to the original, but Steven Spielberg wanted to try to remake it, and as long as he made sure his version didn’t include lip syncing or a Maria in brownface, he’d probably do an ok job. Amblin tweeted the first image from their West Side Story remake today, and here’s what the Jets, Sharks, Tony and Maria look like.
Spielberg’s West Side Story comes out in 2020, and stars Ansel Elgort as Tony, who is giving off the vibe of a douchebag who blew his monthly trust fund allowance on a 1950s capsule collection by Vetements (but that could just be Ansel Elgort’s standard operating vibe).
He’s joined by open casting call winner Rachel Zegler as Maria. I’m sure her costume is historically accurate, since Spielberg is kind of a stickler for that. But with that brown cardigan and sad, plain brown knee-length skirt, she kind of looks like the prettiest girl at The Duggar’s church. Actually, someone Photoshop a Christian rock band t-shirt on Ansel, crop out everyone else, and replace the background with a weathered barn fence, and I’m pretty sure you’ve got a Duggar engagement photo shoot.
Meet the cast of director Steven Spielberg's #WestSideStory: Maria (newcomer Rachel Zegler), Tony (Ansel Elgort), The Jets (left) and The Sharks (right).https://t.co/NjNzw4lOBx#StevenSpielberg @rachelzegler @AnselElgort pic.twitter.com/39RMq4zgr4
— Amblin (@amblin) June 17, 2019
This kind of looks boring and safe. But then again, if I wanted a West Side Story mess that craps all over the original source material, I can always revisit those GAP commercials.