A casting call seems to confirm that The Post‘s director Steven Spielberg is creating a new film adaptation of West Side Story.
Casting director Cindy Tolan tweeted a casting call Thursday for the lead roles in the film, which the notice says is being directed by Spielberg and being adapted by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner.
West Side Story was originally created for the stage in 1957 as a modern-day, musical Romeo and Juliet involving two gangs on New York City’s West Side with music by legendary composer Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was adapted into a film in 1961 by director Robert Wise.
The casting call — for the roles of Tony, Maria, Anita and Bernardo — notes that the actors should be between 15 and 25 years old, must be able to sing, and dance experience is a plus.
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