'West Side Story': First Look at Ariana DeBose as Anita

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Ariana DeBose as Anita in Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story'

Rita Moreno won a best supporting actress Oscar for playing the role in the 1961 original film.

West Side Story fans got a first look at Ariana DeBose as Anita over the weekend.

The upcoming Steven Spielberg film is a remake of the Oscar-winning 1961 musical about rival gangs in the streets of 1950s New York.

Rita Moreno won a best supporting actress Oscar for playing Anita in the original film. She is playing Valentina in the remake and is also an executive producer. 

Last month, a first look at the two gangs dropped. The photo from Twentieth Century Fox shows the Jets and the Sharks, and in the middle of the pic Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) are holding hands.

Spielberg is directing and producing the film with a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tony Kushner.

The original 1957 Broadway musical, from which this film is adapted, was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Tony-winner Justin Peck will choreograph the remake.

The film is now in production for Twentieth Century Fox and The Walt Disney Studios.

West Side Story is due in theaters Dec. 18, 2020.