West Side Story trailer explodes with vivid visuals in Spielberg's musical remake

Steven Spielberg's sumptuous movie musical pays homage to the color and energy of the original West Side Story play and film.

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The trailer for Steven Spielberg's new movie version of West Side Story has burst onto the scene. And as star Rachel Zegler sings, tonight, tonight, the world is full of light -- literally, as shafts of light do as much dancing as the energetic cast in Spielberg's new adaptation. 

Coming out during the holidays, Spielberg's lavish and color-drenched new spin on the Broadway musical is shot with modern flair but still evokes the 1961 film adaptation's joyous Technicolor energy. The new version of West Side Story will be Disney and 20th Century Fox's big Christmas family film, as it's scheduled to be released Dec. 10. 

With the film having been delayed a whole year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new release date celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 1961 movie version. The 2021 film won't follow previous blockbusters in also debuting on  Disney Plus, as Disney is now giving new movies at least 45 days in theaters before streaming on the service.

Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort plays reluctant gang member Tony opposite Zegler, a singer who won the role of Maria via an open call on YouTube. 

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