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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Adds ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Star Mike Faist, Singer Ana Isabelle

Dancer Maddie Ziegler among full cast of Sharks and Jets

“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
Yesenia Ayala
María Alejandra Castillo
Annelise Cepero
Andrei Chagas
Jeanette Delgado
Kelvin Delgado
Gaby Diaz
Yurel Echezarreta
Adriel Flete
Carlos E. Gonzalez
David Guzman
Jacob Guzman
Ana Isabelle
Melody Martí
Ilda Mason
Juliette Feliciano Ortiz
Edriz E. Rosa Pérez
Maria Alexis Rodriguez
Julius Anthony Rubio
Carlos Sánchez Falú
Sebastian Serra
Gabriela Soto
Ricky Ubeda
Tanairi Vazquez
Jamila Velazquez
Isabella Ward
Ricardo Zayas


Brianna Abruzzo
Kyle Allen
Kyle Coffman
Ben Cook
Harrison Coll
Kevin Csolak
Kellie Drobnick
Julian Elia
Myles Erlick
Leigh-Ann Esty
Sara Esty
Mike Faist
John Michael Fiumara
Paloma Garcia-Lee
Garett Hawe
Patrick Higgins
Sean Harrison Jones
Eloise Kropp
Lauren Leach
Jess LeProtto
Skye Mattox
Ezra Menas
Adriana Pierce
Brittany Pollack
Daniel Patrick Russell
Talia Ryder
Jonalyn Saxer
Halli Toland
Maddie Ziegler

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