The new version of classic West Side Story that director Steven Spielberg has made, can be seen in Dutch cinemas from December 9 despite the corona lockdown. Distributor Disney announced this today.
Several major movies, such as Soof 3 and Bon Bini Holland 3, have been postponed indefinitely due to the new coronalockdown. Cinemas must close at 5 p.m. and are not allowed to allow more than a third of visitors into the theatres. This again means that the cinema sector can sell few tickets in December, normally the busiest month of the year.
West Side Story is a contemporary adaptation of the story of Romeo and Juliet. The musical tells of two young people from rival gangs, Tony and Maria, who fall in love. First performed on Broadway in 1957, the play received six Tony nominations at the time. The film that followed in 1961, starring Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood, won ten Oscars.
The lead roles in the new version are played by Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler. Spielberg and his producer team wanted to find actual Latin American actors for the roles of the Puerto Rican immigrants. The makers also immersed themselves in the culture and history of Puerto Rico. Rita Moreno, who played best friend Anita in the original version, can now be seen as Valentina, the woman who now runs the West Side convenience store.
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