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West Side Story trailer offers a glimpse at the famous gang war in long-awaited remake

West Side Story director Steven Spielberg has shared one of his behind-the-scenes traditions in a sneak peek from his highly-anticipated remake.

In the clip, the 74-year-old director reveals, ‘This is a tradition on all of our movies, where we toast the first shot and we toast the last shot,’ as he’s seen raising a glass to his cast and crew on the last day of production.

The clip also shows Steven analysing footage through the monitor, before adding: ‘And I just want to say that we have actually been in production on this for months,’ as the clip shows more behind-the-scenes shots from the production.

Tradition: West Side Story director Steven Spielberg has shared one of his behind-the-scenes traditions in a sneak peek from his highly-anticipated remake

‘But now, to actually bring all those elements together as one voice into an ensemble, I’m just so proud and honored that I got this shot, this late in my career, of being able to tell this story, based on the 1957 Broadway musical,’ Spielberg says.

The video then cuts to finished footage from the film, where Maria Vasquez (newcomer Rachel Zegler) tells her brother Bernardo (David Alvarez), ‘I want to be happy here. I want to make a life, a home.’

But Bernardo, the leader of the gang of Puerto Rico natives known as The Sharks, tells her, ‘Stay away from him,’ the him being Tony (Ansel Elgort), part of the Sharks’ rival gang of white men known as the Jets.

Cominc soon: The clip also gave fans another glimpse of the much-anticipated remake, which focuses on two rivalling gans in 1950s New York

Cominc soon: The clip also gave fans another glimpse of the much-anticipated remake, which focuses on two rivalling gans in 1950s New York 

Elements: In the clip, Spielberg reveals he and the crew always toast the first and the final day of production on each of his films

Elements: In the clip, Spielberg reveals he and the crew always toast the first and the final day of production on each of his films

Siblings: The clip also shows footage from the film, where Maria Vasquez (newcomer Rachel Zegler) tells her brother Bernardo (David Alvarez) about her desperate want for freedom

Siblings: The clip also shows footage from the film, where Maria Vasquez (newcomer Rachel Zegler) tells her brother Bernardo (David Alvarez) about her desperate want for freedom

Stay away: But Bernardo, the leader of the gang of Puerto Rico natives known as The Sharks, tells her, 'Stay away from him,' the him being Tony (Ansel Elgort), part of the Sharks' rival gang

Stay away: But Bernardo, the leader of the gang of Puerto Rico natives known as The Sharks, tells her, ‘Stay away from him,’ the him being Tony (Ansel Elgort), part of the Sharks’ rival gang

Fight bacK; Maria fights back and proclaims, 'I'm gonna think for myself

Tony: She rushess to the fire escape, where she later finds Tony, who says, 'Run away with me'

Defiant: Maria fights back and proclaims, ‘I’m gonna think for myself,’ before rushing to the fire escape, where she later finds Tony, who says, ‘Run away with me’

Maria fights back and proclaims, ‘I’m gonna think for myself,’ before rushing to the fire escape, where she later finds Tony, who says, ‘Run away with me.’  

Another shot shows Tony chatting with Valentina (Rita Moreno), who offers him some advice, stating, ‘You don’t want to start with, “I’d like to take you out for coffee.”‘

The video ends with a number of shots that showcase the musical number America before the video comes to an end.

Tony: Another shot shows Tony chatting with Valentina (Rita Moreno)

Valentina: Valentina offers him some advice, stating, 'You don't want to start with, "I'd like to take you out for coffee"'

Tony and Valentina: Another clip from the film shows Tony chatting with Valentina (played by original West Side Story star Rita Moreno), who offers him some advice on his love life

America: The video ends with a number of shots that showcase the iconic number America, which sees Anita reflect on moving to the US from Puerto Rico

America: The video ends with a number of shots that showcase the iconic number America, which sees Anita reflect on moving to the US from Puerto Rico

The story first debuted as a Broadway musical in 1957, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet.

The musical was nominated for six Tony Awards and ran for 732 performances before embarking on a tour.

The musical was adapted for the silver screen in 1961, starring Natalie Wood as Maria, Richard Beymer as Tony, George Chakaris as Bernardo, Russs Tamblyn as Riff and Rita Moreno as Anita. 

Story: West Side Story first debuted as a Broadway musical in 1957, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet

Story: West Side Story first debuted as a Broadway musical in 1957, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet

Adapted: The musical was adapted for the silver screen in 1961, starring Natalie Wood as Maria, and Richard Beymer as Tony (the 2021 remake is pictured)

Adapted: The musical was adapted for the silver screen in 1961, starring Natalie Wood as Maria, and Richard Beymer as Tony (the 2021 remake is pictured)

The film was a commercial and critical hit, winning 10 Oscar awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Chakaris) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rita Moreno).

This new adaptation also stars Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank, Mike Faist as Riff, Ariana DeBose as Anita and Maddie Ziegler as Velma.

West Side Story will hit theaters December 10, going up against Amazon’s Being the Ricardos in limited release. 

Big hit: The film was a huge hit, winning 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Chakaris) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rita Moreno)

Big hit: The film was a huge hit, winning 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Chakaris) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rita Moreno)

In theaters: West Side Story will hit theaters December 10, going up against Amazon's Being the Ricardos in limited release

In theaters: West Side Story will hit theaters December 10, going up against Amazon’s Being the Ricardos in limited release


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