“Baby Driver” Star Ansel Elgort Cast As Lead In “West Side Story” Remake

Ansel Elgort In Baby Driver / Image via TriStar Pictures & Sony Pictures Releasing

Ansel Elgort has been cast as the lead role in the remake of a classic movie musical.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Fault In Our Stars and Baby Driver star has been cast as Tony in the upcoming West Side Story remake.

The remake of the 1961 movie, which starred Richard Beymer, will be directed by Steven Spielberg. In addition, the film will be using the Tony Kushner adaption of the musical originally penned by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein.

The story follows a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance between two people tied to a terf war between a white gang and a Puerto Rican gang in 1950s New York City.

Spielberg has been looking for actors who could sing, dance, and act flawlessly for the film. He searched in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Puerto Rico, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The casting was taking so long that some cinephiles worried the film would be shelved. But with Elgort signed on for the project, the film is now expected to start production in the summer of 2019.

We know that Elgort can act thanks to his earlier work, but can he sing? Well, check out the music video for his 2017 song “Thief” to find out for yourself.

h/t: The Hollywood Reporter

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