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Here’s the First Official Photo of the New “West Side Story” Movie Cast

Steven Spielberg's much-anticipated remake of West Side Storychoreographed by Justin Peck, and starring a bevy of very good dancers—is in production, hooray! And that means it's finally time for us to get a look at the film's cast members in character. Let's break down the first photo from the project.



It may not be especially dancy, but it does feature several of the film's dance stars. Unsurprisingly, Ansel Elgort (who is, let's not forget, an excellent tapper) and Rachel Zegler are front and center as Tony and Maria. They're flanked by the Jets (from left, Ezra Menas as Anybodys, Ben Cook as Mouthpiece, Sean Harrison Jones as Action, Mike Faist as Riff, and Patrick Higgins as Baby John) and the Sharks (David Alvarez as Bernardo, Julius Anthony Rubio as Quique, Richard Zayas as Chago, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Sebastian Serra as Braulio, and Carlos Sánchez Falú as Pipo).

Here's hoping we get a glimpse of Ariana DeBose's Anita sometime in the very near future—not to mention notable ensemblists Maddie Ziegler, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Ricky Ubeda, Gaby Diaz, Eloise Kropp, Jeanette Delgado, and Brittany Pollack, to name just a few.

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