the occupation of The main role of Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” was eagerly awaited. Now: The 17-year-old schoolgirl Rachel Zegler has been awarded the contract. She played the role of Maria in a school production of the musical, but has no canvas experience.

Thus, Spielberg remains true to his purpose of occupying in his Film roles with actors with Latin-American roots. In “West Side Story” is about two rival youth Gangs in New York, a white, a from Americans with a puerto Rican Background.

Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in “West Side Story”

In the Original 1961 had played by the white actress Natalie Wood for the role of Maria, the White, Tony fell in love with. You and other white performers were made up with dark Make-Up. Until today, this film version of “West Side Story” as a particularly popular case of “whitewashing”.

Rachel Zegler has Colombian roots, and lives in Clifton in the U.S. state of New Jersey. You beat of 30,000 competitors. On Instagram Zegler all, “had this incredible dream” come true to be thanked.

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when i played maria on stage a few summers ago, i never could have imagined that i’d be taking on the role again in steven spielberg’s ‘west side story’. i send a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this incredible dream a reality i never could’ve done it alone. i am so honored to join the legendary @TheRitaMoreno, @ansel, @arianadebose, @David Alvarez official, @joshandresrivera and more in telling this impeccably poignant story. as a colombian-american woman growing up in this day and age, strong roles like maria are so important. to be able to bring that role to life— a role that means so much to the hispanic community— is so humbling. i hope you’re all as excited as i am. ♥ love it. ✨

shared A post by rachel zegler (@rachelzegler) on Jan 14, 2019 at 1:08 PST

you wrote further: “For an American-Colombian woman, who is growing up in these times, strong roles such as that of the Maria, is so important.” Rachel Zegler gives her cinema debut. So far, she was like thousands of other young women in self filmed performances on YouTube.

Also, others were busy supporting roles, including the Broadway actress Ariana DeBose, and actor David Alvarez. Earlier it was reported that Ansel Elgort will play the main male role. Also Rita Moreno, who got for her role in the Original, an Oscar, will play.


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