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A new version of “West Side Story” hits theaters this month, but not just any version – an update directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner.
The iconic 1957 musical was first adapted for the big screen in 1961, and that version won 10 Oscars including Best Picture. For this new iteration, Spielberg has maintained the 1950s New York City setting and the main beats of the plot – a Romeo and Juliet-esque story of star-crossed lovers from rival families.
But obviously the cast is different this time around (save for one incredible exception). So who plays who in the new “West Side Story”? Your complete cast and character guide is below, ahead of the film’s Dec. 10 release exclusively in theaters.