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Depeche – Rita Moreno, aged 86, will co-produce and star in the new "West Side Story"



Rita Moreno, 86, will co-produce and star in Steven Spielberg's remake of the West Side Story, whose original version brought him an Oscar in 1962, announced on Tuesday his secretary the press.

The actress was not originally part of the project, which will be Steven Spielberg's first musical film.

"I'm really curious to see what he is doing," he told AFP last May about the successful director. "I'm very nervous, there are a lot of cliques in the movie, but I'm sure they will avoid them."

Steven Spielberg has already sent a first signal during casting and has searched for Hispanic originals for the major roles of Maria, Anita and Bernardo.

In the original film, Anita was the only one of three characters played by a person of Hispanic origin, in this case Rita Moreno.

"From our first talks, we wanted to include Rita Moreno in our production," said Steven Spielberg, quoted in a statement by the actress's press officer, currently on Netflix days.

"Her anita is one of the greatest musical performances ever shot and one of my favorites," continued the 71-year-old director.

"We have created a role for her and we feel more than fortunate that Rita brings her extraordinary acting skills as well as the extensive knowledge of + West Side Story + for this production as an executive producer," said Steven Spielberg.

In the remake, Rita Moreno will play the role of Valentina, a modernized version of Doc, the great star played in the original film by Ned Glass.

"Even in my wildest dreams I would not have imagined the revision of this emblematic work," said Rita Moreno, quoted in the statement. "And being asked by Steven Spielberg, it's just interesting."

"West Side Story" is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", located in Manhattan's Lincoln Square, part of the Upper West Side, where two gangs, sharks and jets are facing each other.

The musical will also be the subject of a new production on Broadway, created by Belgian director Ivo van Hove, for the first time a choreography different from that imagined by Jerome Robbins.

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