Steven Spielberg directing West Side Story movie remake

Veteran film director Steven Spielberg is the brains behind a revamp of iconic musical West Side Story that'll be free from cultural appropriation.

A casting call was sent out to talent agents on Friday confirming earlier rumours - and it appears as though the movie will stay true to its strong Latin American roots.

"Tony is Caucasian. Maria and Anita are Latina. Bernardo is Latino," a copy of the casting call posted to Twitter reads.

It is also believed all three of the Latin American actors will need to be fluent in Spanish if they hope to land the role.

The movie remake of West Side Story is likely to be released about 60 years on from the 1961 original, which was itself a film version of the 1957 Broadway musical.

In the film, the lead Latina characters were played by white actors George Chakiris and Natalie Wood - a casting decision that is now one of the most famous examples of Hollywood whitewashing.

Musical theatre news outlet Broadway World reports Spielberg will be joined on the project by well-renowned US playwright Tony Kushner, who will adapt the screenplay.

The movie will be produced by 20th Century Fox.


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