A 17-year old, Clifton New Jersey native has been selected for Maria in Steven Spielberg’s reboot of West Side Story. Rachel Zegler who is Colombian-American is no stranger to playing Maria in several ‘West Side Story’ performance in northern NJ. Now the world will be able to hear her amazing voice when she hits the big screen in 2020.
West Side Story is the tale of rival gangs in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in the early 1960’s. The movie will also be adapted by the screenwriter of Lincoln, Tony Kushner.
Video clip of opening scene from the original 1961 movie, what a classic!
Clearly Rachel Zegler has a very bright future ahead of her.
Are you going to see the movie in theaters in 2020?
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