Ansel Elgort Cast in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake

Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort has been cast in an upcoming Steven Spielberg film.

In the works is an adaptation of classic Broadway musical West Side Story, which was originally adapted for the big screen in a 1961 Best Picture-winning film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Elgort has been cast in a lead role.

Variety is reporting that Elgort will taking on the role of Tony, who was played by Larry Kert in the original Broadway musical and by Richard Beymer in the ’61 film. The Romeo and Juliet-inspired story tells of the rivalry between two teen street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, and the tragic love story that unfolds between youngsters from each side. Tony is the co-founder and one-time member of the Jets.

Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story, which is currently in pre-production, has been written by  two-time Oscar nominee Tony Kushner, whose credits include Spielberg films Munich and Lincoln. The picture will begin filming in the first half of 2019.

Also in the pipeline for Elgort is sci-fi drama Jonathan and drama The Goldfinch, the latter of which also stars Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson. Spielberg also has the next Indiana Jones film on the horizon; that film had its release date pushed back around a year, from 2020 to 2021, to fine tune the screenplay.

Here’s a trailer for ’61 musical drama, West Side Story: