Steven Spielberg is directing a remake of the classic musical “West Side Story,” and the actress who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Anita in the 1961 movie, Rita Moreno, has joined the new project, the AP reports.
“The publicist for the 86-year-old Moreno confirmed Wednesday that she’ll play Valentina, a reworked version of the character of Doc, the owner of a corner store where Tony works,” the AP reports.
Ansel Elgort has been cast as Tony.
“The story follows two star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, who are each associated with rival New York street gangs,” the story notes. “The Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner is adapting the script. Moreno will also serve as an executive producer.”
Filming is scheduled to start next summer.
The 1961 movie won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director — shared by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins — Best Supporting Actor for George Chakiris and Moreno’s win for Best Supporting Actress.