Ansel Elgort has been cast in the lead role of Tony in Steven Spielberg’s film version of the Broadway musical, “West Side Story.”
Spielberg is directing from Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the 1957 musical, which was originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Spielberg, Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce the film.
Tony was first played by Larry Kert in the original 1957 Broadway musical, which was inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and centered on the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs.
Elgort starred in “Baby Driver” for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and “The Fault in Our Stars.” The actor is the lead in the upcoming film adaptation “The Goldfinch,
I’d love to see him integrate Spanish into the dialogue and songs like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in the revival. But then again - and speaking of Lin, I’d rather he put that energy into something like In the Heights, that doesn’t already have an established adaptation.
EDIT: Hamilton! I would die a happy man if that happened, which it never will.
Post by Johnny_Hellzapoppin on Oct 2, 2018 7:45:35 GMT
I find it hard to get excited for musicals at the best of times, but I have no doubt I'll watch it. I've yet to find Elgort less than decent, so I wouldn't grumble on him either. He seems charming enough for the world of the musical. His mains job is to make singing when you should be talking not seem fucking stupid, and I reckon he can pull that off.
What explanation did Spielberg give for remaking this movie?
First off, he's not remaking any movie. He's doing a new adaptation of a classic stage work. There's a difference. The original source here isn't a film - it's a stage musical.
And why does he need to give an explanation? Spielberg has always dreamed about making a musical and he adores "West Side Story" - combine the two and there you go! He wants to do a new interpretation of it. And as much as I adore the 1961 film, I think the musical lends itself nicely to a new fresh take. Also, the previous film is such a unique visual piece of filmmaking that there're thousands of opportunities to do new things on that front as well without being repetetive at all.