Valentina is described as "a reconceived version" of the character of Doc, the owner of the shop where West Side Story's leading male character Tony works. She submitted a video of herself singing two songs from the musical, "Tonight" and "Me Siento Hermosa" ("I Feel Pretty").
Zegler answered an open call for audition tapes that was placed in January of past year, following an announcement from the production that they would be exploring alternative casting avenues within the Puerto Rican and Latinx communities to find the right actors for the film.
Zegler wrote about it on Instagram Monday, saying in part, "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".
Speaking about landing the role Rachel said she is thrilled to be playing the iconic role.
Filming on West Side Story is due to begin this summer.
"I simply can not wait to get on set to work with this group of young actors", said Moreno, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Anita in the 1961 film.
Zegler, 17, will star as the Puerto Rican girl who falls in love with white New Yorker Tony in the Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
Maria was played by Natalie Wood in the 1961 movie and her singing voice was later dubbed by Marni Nixon for most of the musical numbers.
"I send a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this incredible dream a reality - I never could've done it alone", she continued, calling out the cast members whom she is "so honored" to work alongside "in telling this impeccably poignant story".
Spielberg's adaptation of the film is set to start production this summer.
Screenwriter Tony Kushner has said that the new movie will take its cues from the original 1957 Broadway musical, rather than the film, and that all of the classic songs will be included. "West Side Story" won 10 Oscars, including best picture.
When asked by Anderson Cooper on CBS's 60 Minutes , whether Trump "is a racist", she responded: "Yeah, yeah no question". The freshman representative was sure to deny that such a sentiment is comparable to the president at all.
Sarri also told Chelsea fans to focus on supporting their team instead of directing chants at Spurs fans in Tuesday's tie. A very good match with application, very good in the defensive phase, but he has been completely normal.
BT Sport reporter Des Kelly said: "There's been a lot of talk about your future, how do you see things at the moment?" According to the Telegraph , the Blues have rejected an offer from Barcelona to swap Willian for Malcom plus cash.
Elizabeth Smart says it is a "miracle" that a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl missing for almost three months has been found safe. A man believed to be connected to the case is now in custody. "But other than that she didn't give us a ton of detail about".
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Everton are among several clubs interested in Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi after the striker ended his loan spell at Valencia . Alemany said on marca.com: " Batshuayi's situation is very clear". 'The player knows.
They also warned the public not to touch the containers if found, but to call police or the fire brigade. The MSC Zoe is one of the largest cargo ships to be used in Europe, holding up to 19,000 containers.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details of the probe have been revealed publicly. Some have speculated the Cavaliers made the moves to spite the franchise that beat them in three of the past four NBA Finals.
Her time at the microphone is the first time a woman with Asian descent has hosted a major American awards show. In an emotional speech, Close said that women in Hollywood should not be afraid to stand up for their careers.
For India, these developments may appear discouraging, but a more pragmatic view is necessary to deal with all possible outcomes. This partnership is built on the "specific needs and requirements worked out with the Government of Afghanistan", sources said.
Elizabeth Smart offers advice to kidnapped teen Jayme Closs
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City can't afford £100m Ruben Neves, says Pep Guardiola
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Kevin Spacey’s lawyers enter not guilty plea
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Apple to Miss Sales Expectations, Dow takes a Hit
Others advised Cook to stop pointing the finger at China, and instead fix the flaws in Apple services and work on new products. Apple shares skidded 7.7 percent in after-hours trade, dragging the company's market value below $700 billion.