“Dear Evan Hansen” actor Mike Faist and singer Ana Isabelle have joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake, the studio announced on Tuesday.
The movie also rounded out its cast of the warring Sharks and Jets, the rival street gangs at the center of the musical’s story, with more than 50 actors, singers and dancers. Among them is Sia collaborator Maddie Ziegler, who will play one of the Jets.
Faist, who originated roles in the Broadway productions of “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Newsies,” will star in “West Side Story” as Riff. And Isabelle will play a colleague of Maria’s, Rosalia.
Rita Moreno (Valentina), Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank) and Brian d’Arcy James (Sgt. Krupke) lead the cast of Spielberg’s film, which he is producing and directing from a script by Tony Kushner adapting the original 1957 Broadway musical.
The original production was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger are producing. And Moreno is an executive producer.
Filming is expected to begin in summer 2019.
The full list of performers joining the cast of “West Side Story” is below:
David Aviles Morales
María Alejandra Castillo
Carlos E. Gonzalez
Juliette Feliciano Ortiz
Edriz E. Rosa Pérez
Maria Alexis Rodriguez
Julius Anthony Rubio
Carlos Sánchez Falú
John Michael Fiumara
Sean Harrison Jones
Daniel Patrick Russell