Steven Spielberg’s new movie West Side Story is still casting lead speaking roles

Casting directors are seeking actors to play the following types:

  • Between 15 to 25 years old
  • Must be able to sing
  • Dance experience is a plus

About Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story:

Steven Spielberg

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Spielberg is developing a remake of the 1961 Robert Wise street-gang musical, with Lincoln and Munich screenwriter Tony Kushner penning the adaptation.

Little else is known about the project, apart from a casting notice seeking three Latino performers for the roles of Maria, Anita, and Bernardo and a Caucasian actor for the role of Tony. 

West Side Story is a 1961 American musical romantic tragedy film by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris, and was photographed by Daniel L. Fapp, A.S.C., in Super Panavision 70. Released on October 18, 1961, through United Artists, the film received high praise from critics and viewers, and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture (as well as a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical.

The film has been deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for the National Film Registry in 1997.

How to apply to Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story:

Send your resume, headshot and video of yourself singing to: [email protected]

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