West Side Story trailer: Original Anita star Rita Moreno returns as Valentina 60 years on

After last year’s delay, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake is ready to hit cinemas this Christmas. 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the original Oscar-winning classic. And now the latest trailer for the Hollywood musical has landed with a ton of new footage.

The new West Side Story trailer features another look at EGOT winner Rita Moreno, who famously won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing Anita in the 1961 original movie.

The Puerto-Rican born star also featured in Singin’ in the Rain and The King and I, while she was once romantically linked to Marlon Brando.

Now the 89-year-old returns for Spielberg’s reimagining as a new character called Valentina, as well as an executive producer on the project.

She is the widow of Doc, who owned a candy store in the 1961 movie where the Jets and Sharks hang out.

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West Side Story trailer: Original Anita star Rita Moreno returns as Valentina 60 years on

West Side Story trailer: Original Anita star Rita Moreno returns as Valentina 60 years on (Image: 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS/GETTY)


Rita Moreno plays Valentina, Doc’s widow (Image: 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS)


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Speaking with ET, Moreno said: “The part that I play is based on Doc. Except [I play] Doc’s widow, Valentina.

“So, you’re in for some surprises, because there are things that are done in this movie that weren’t in the original, that should have.”

On when she saw some of the changes, she thought: “Oh my god, they’re doing that, huh?”

Moreno’s original role as Anita in the 1961 movie saw her play the girlfriend of Sharks leader Bernardo and confidant to his sister Maria.

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Rita Moreno won Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Anita in West Side Story (Image: GETTY)

Now, six decades on and Ariana DeBose stars as Anita alongside West Side Story leads Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as María.

West Side Story is set in 1957 New York City and tells a tale of young love amid fierce rivalries between street gangs.

Alongside Moreno, two Jets actors from the 1961 movie Harvey Evans (Mouthpiece) and Bert Michaels (Snowboy) feature as extras in the new West Side Story.

The first teaser trailer premiered at the Oscars this year and the 89-year-old gave her response.

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Moreno, who presented Best Picture this year, said: “It’ll be so wonderful to in fact get to see it.

“Because I’ve always been so sure from the first time we even heard that Steven Spielberg was thinking about this — I thought if anybody’s going to do this, it should be him because he will do something wonderful.”

West Side Story hits UK cinemas on December 10, 2021.


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