Steven Spielberg puts out casting call for “West Side Story” remake

Get ready for the Sharks and the Jets!

Little is known about Steven Spielberg’s remake of the street gang musical West Side Story. Most recent news regarding the almost completely under wraps project is that penning the script is screenwriter Tony Kushner (Lincoln, Munich) and now a casting call has gone out.

A casting notice is seeking performers that’ll be cast as the onscreen musical’s main characters, 3 Latino performers for the roles of Maria, Anita, and Bernardo and a Caucasian actor for the role of Tony.

Spielberg has never tempted making a musical but has talked about doing it since the mid-‘80s. It will be interesting to see how the iconic filmmaker’s adaptation the 1957 Broadway musical from stage to the screen. With the music written by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim there’s no surprise the casting call notice reads, “must be able to sing.”

The casting call was first reported by Broadway World.