All posts tagged: romeo and juliet

‘West Side Story’ First Image

IT’S HAPPENING. F$#^ It’s happening! Stay calm! We have our FIRST look at the Jets and the Sharks from Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.  I have been low-key (but actually very high-key) super excited for this movie. First of all, Spielberg is directing it. Second, I’m a sucker for Romeo and Juliet. It’s one of my favorite plays of all time. Third, we are getting an actual latina to play Maria. You might be thinking, why wouldn’t a latin young woman play Maria, a girl from Puerto Rico, in the original movie? My answer? I DON’T KNOW! Racism?! The first West Side Story which released in 1961 had Natalie Wood play the leading role. If my memory serves me correctly, Rita Morena (an EGOT holder and a F#$^# legend) auditioned for the role but was denied. Of course, it worked out I suppose since she took home the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as Anita (and my favorite character in the play). Now, our new Maria, Rachel Zegler is half Colombian and half …