Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021) Release Info, Review & Trailer

West Side Story (2021)
West Side Story (2021)
West Side Story (2021)

Steven Spielberg is directing and co-producing West Side Story, a romantic musical drama film with a script by Tony Kushner. The film is the second feature-length version of Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim’s 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which is partly based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  With Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Corey Stoll, and Brian d’Arcy James, it stars Rachel Zegler (in her feature film debut) and Ansel Elgort. Rita Moreno, who starred in the 1961 picture, also serves as an executive producer and has a supporting part. Justin Peck is responsible for the choreography.

The film was first developed by 20th Century Fox in 2014, and by 2017, Kushner was writing the screenplay. Spielberg was hired in January 2018, and casting began in September. Filming began in July of this year and ended two months later. There were shootings in both New York and New Jersey.

After being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 20th Century Studios is set to release West Side Story in the United States on December 10, 2021.

West Side Story (2021)

West Side Story (2021) Synopsis

Despite their affiliations with opposing street gangs, the Jets and Sharks, Tony and Mara fall in love in 1950s New York City.

Movie Info

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Screenplay by Tony Kushner
Based on ·         West Side Story
by   Arthur Laurents Leonard Bernstein

Stephen Sondheim

Produced by ·         Steven Spielberg

·         Kristie Macosko Krieger

·         Kevin McCollum

Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by ·         Sarah Broshar

·         Michael Kahn

Music by Leonard Bernstein (original score)
David Newman (score adaptation)
Stephen Sondheim (lyrics)
·         Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Studios
Release date ·         December 10, 2021 (United States)

Filming locations

United States

Paterson, New Jersey, USA



English, Spanish

Crime, Drama, Romance, Musical

Budget $100 million

West Side Story (2021)


  • Rachel Zegler  as María Vasquez
  • Ansel Elgort as Tony
  • Ariana DeBose as Anita
  • David Alvarez as Bernardo Vasquez
  • Mike Faist as Riff
  • Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino
  • Corey Stoll as Police Lieutenant Schrank
  • Brian d’Arcy James as Police Sergeant Krupke
  • Rita Moreno as Valentina
  • Ana Isabelle  as Rosalia
  • Curtiss Cook as Abe
  • Kevin Csolak as Diesel
  • Ezra Menas as Anybodys
  • Ben Cook  as Mouthpiece
  • Sean Harrison Jones as Action
  • Patrick Higgins as Baby John
  • Paloma Garcia-Lee as Graziella
  • Maddie Ziegler as Velma
  • Julius Anthony Rubio as Quique
  • Ricardo Zayas as Chago
  • Sebastian Serra as Braulio
  • Carlos Sánchez Falú as Pipo

West Side Story (2021)


Steven Spielberg originally showed interest in directing a West Side Story adaptation in March 2014. This motivated 20th Century Fox to purchase the project’s rights. Tony Kushner, who previously worked with Spielberg on Munich in 2005 and Lincoln in 2012, revealed in a July 2017 interview that he was writing the screenplay for the film, stating that he would keep the musical numbers intact and that the story would be more like the original stage musical than the 1961 film in a July 2017 interview. Spielberg told Vanity Fair in a 2020 interview: “Our family permitted West Side Story to be the first piece of popular music we ever let into the house. As a child, I was absolutely enamored with it.”

West Side Story (2021)


In July 2019, filming took place in Harlem and other Manhattan locales, as well as Flatlands, Brooklyn, in New York City. In August 2019, 10 days of shooting took place in Paterson, New Jersey, when an outdoor set was constructed. Newark and other sections of Essex County, New Jersey were also used for filming. It was shot for 79 days and finished on September 27, 2019.


For the film, composer David Newman reworked and modified Bernstein’s original score. During the film’s recording sessions, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the New York Philharmonic, with voice coach Jeanine Tesori. Hollywood Records will release the soundtrack CD.

West Side Story (2021)
West Side Story (2021)


20th Century Studios originally planned to release West Side Story in the United States on December 18, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in September 2020, parent corporation Disney postponed the release date to December 10, 2021, which will coincide with the 60th anniversary of the original 1961 film’s premiere. The film will have a 45-day limited theatrical release.


DeBose delivered the film’s teaser trailer during the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony on April 25, 2021, and Moreno subsequently presented the Academy Award for Best Picture, honoring the 1961 film’s premiere and award victories. The official trailer for the film debuted on ABC’s Good Morning America on September 15, 2021.

Is there a new West Side Story movie coming out?

Yes, in December of 2021, West Side Story will be released.

Where was West Side Story filmed 2021?

There were shootings in both New York and New Jersey. After being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 20th Century Studios is set to release West Side Story in the United States on December 10, 2021.

West Side Story Release Dates

France 8 December 2021
South Korea 8 December 2021
Portugal 8 December 2021
Argentina 9 December 2021
Australia 9 December 2021
Germany 9 December 2021
Hungary 9 December 2021
Cambodia 9 December 2021
Netherlands 9 December 2021
Serbia 9 December 2021
Russia 9 December 2021
Singapore 9 December 2021
Slovakia 9 December 2021
Canada 10 December 2021
Spain 10 December 2021
Finland 10 December 2021
UK 10 December 2021
Iceland 10 December 2021
Japan 10 December 2021
Lithuania 10 December 2021
Poland 10 December 2021
Sweden 10 December 2021
Turkey 10 December 2021
USA 10 December 2021
Italy 16 December 2021

Also Known As (AKA)

(original title) West Side Story
Argentina Amor sin barreras
Australia West Side Story
Brazil Amor, Sublime Amor
Bulgaria (Bulgarian title) Уестсайдска история
Canada (English title) West Side Story
Canada (French title) West Side Story
Chile Amor Sin Barreras
France West Side Story
Germany West Side Story
Hong Kong (Cantonese title) 西城故事
Hungary West Side Story
India (English title) West Side Story
India (Hindi title) West Side Story
Italy West Side Story
Japan (Japanese title) ウエスト・サイド・ストーリー
Lithuania Vestsaido istorija
Mexico Amor Sin Barreras
Panama Historia del lado oeste
Russia Вестсайдская история
Serbia Priča sa zapadne strane
Slovenia Zgodbe z zahodne strani
Spain West Side Story
Taiwan 西城故事
Turkey (Turkish title) Batı Yakasının Hikayesi
Ukraine Вестсайдська історія
UK West Side Story
USA West Side Story
USA (fake working title) San Juan Hill
Vietnam Câu Chuyện Phía Tây

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