Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Finds Its Maria

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Maria From West Side Story

An unknown 17-year-old has been cast in the iconic role of Maria in Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story.

Rachel Zegler is a high school student in New Jersey. She has no professional acting experience, but her vocal talent is blowing people away, including Spielberg.

Zegler is a part-time wedding singer and just a few years ago she started her own Youtube channel where her videos get thousands of views, but that’s not how Zegler got cast in the film.

The teen saw Spielberg’s casting call and decided to send in a video of herself singing Tonight and I Feel Pretty. 

Zegler does have experience performing in local threaters and has even played Maria before.

Filming for the West Side Story remake starring Zegler is expected to start in the summer after she graduates from high school.

Baby Driver‘s Ansel Elgort will star alongside her as Tony.

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