Ansel Elgort cast in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 October 2018
Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort

Hollywood star Ansel Elgort has been cast in Steven Spielberg's remake of 'West Side Story'

Ansel Elgort has been cast in Steven Spielberg's remake of 'West Side Story'.

The 24-year-old actor - who previously appeared in hits such as 'The Fault in Our Stars' and 'Baby Driver' - has landed the role of Tony Wyzek in the latest adaptation of the iconic musical.

Spielberg - who is producing the project alongside Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger for Fox - has spent years trying to get the movie off the ground.

The acclaimed filmmaker previously called 'West Side Story' "one of the greatest pieces of musical literature" with "one of the greatest scores and some of the greatest lyrics ever written for a musical".

Thousands of actors and dancers have already been auditioned for the movie, according to Variety, which reports that filming will begin in the summer of 2019.

Meanwhile, Edgar Wright recently teased a potential 'Baby Driver' sequel.

The director helmed the original crime thriller in 2017 and on the one-year anniversary of the movie's release, he hinted at a potential sequel.

Alongside an anniversary-themed poster of the movie, Edgar wrote: "'Baby Driver' was released one year ago today. Had a wild ride with it in the last 365 days. so I thank you for all your beautiful responses, it means everything. And who knows, maybe he could get back on the road soon... (sic)"

Lily James also previously admitted she relished the experience of working with Edgar and her co-star Ansel, who plays the getaway driver Baby.

The British actress - who stars as Debora, a young waitress and Baby's love interest - shared: "I think it's credit to Edgar Wright - his script is really beautifully written and constructed and he's really clever.

"He's such an amazing storyteller and he does it through images and shots, so he makes us care for Baby and then Debora and then puts them together.

"He's manipulated it all, so I think our chemistry is real - not to give too much credit away, we owned it - but I do think Edgar was very clever at constructing that."

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