West Side Story
has found its star-crossed lovers. Last year, it was announced that Ansel Elgort
had been cast to portray Tony in Steven Spielberg
's forthcoming adaptation of the classic musical, and Deadline
recently revealed Maria will be portrayed by Rachel Zegler
. The 17-year-old Colombian-American high school student was one of 30,000 hopefuls who participated in an online casting call, and her evidently stellar covers of "Tonight" and "I Feel Pretty
" earned her the role.
Though Natalie Wood
is famous for her impassioned portrayal of Maria in the original screen adaptation, the casting choice has since been met with criticism given that Wood was not Puerto Rican. In a statement shared with Variety
, Zegler said she is "humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community."
If you haven't seen any iteration of the story on stage or the big screen, teenagers Tony