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RACHEL Zegler is set to play Maria in the hotly-anticipated remake of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.
The production featured mass coronavirus delays but will be released this year.
Who is Rachel Zegler?
Rachel Zegler is a Colombian-American singer, actress and YouTuber.
She was raised in Jersey by her American father and Colombian mother.
Having been one of 30,000 people to audition, she was selected to play the role of Maria in Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic West Side Story.
She first performed in the role in a Performing Arts School presentation at Bergen Performing Arts Center.
On YouTube, she reached a large audience with her rendition of Lady Gaga’s Shallow.
What is her net worth?
As of 2019, her net worth stands at $300,000 writes Ranked Wiki.
Who’s in the cast of West Side Story?
Directed by Steven Spielberg with the screenplay written by Tony Kushner, 2021’s West Side Story features a stellar lineup of Angel Elsort, Rachel Zelger, Ariana DeBose, and David Alvarez.
Ansel Elgort, who plays Tony, is a Golden Globe-nominated actor who has starred in blockbuster films like The Fault in Our Stars, Baby Driver and The Goldfinch.
Rachel Zelger is a 17-year-old newcomer who was still in high school when she was selected to play the role of Maria, whom she acted in her school’s adaptation of the musical.
“I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this amazing cast,” she revealed about being cast.
Ariana DeBose in a scene from West Side StoryCredit: AP
“West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a Colombian American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community.”
Ariana DeBose is a Tony-award nominated actress who has appeared on Broadway shows like Hamilton, Pippin and Summer. She has also had a role in Netflix original movie The Prom, as well as Apple+ Tv’s Schmigadoon.
The movie will also star Rita Moreno as Valentina, Mike Faist as Riff, Curtiss Cooke as Abe and Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke.
Dance Moms star and Sia protégé Maddie Ziegler will feature in the film as Zelma.
The reboot of West Side Story will be released in December 2021Credit: AP
When is West Side Story being released?
The film was originally supposed to be released in December 2020, but due to the pandemic, it was pushed back to December 10, 2021.
The original movie premiered in 1961 and features Rita Moreno, Natalie Wood, George Chakiris and Richard Beymer.
The trailer for the film dropped on Oscars night on April 25. Spielberg opted to remake the classic for Disney to cast a fresh lens on the story for the next generation.
“I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community,” Spielberg said in a press release.
“I am in awe of the sheer force of the talent of these young performers, and I believe they’ll bring a new and electrifying energy to a magnificent musical that’s more relevant than ever.”