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Rita Moreno joins Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' film

Rita Moreno signed for remake of 'West Side Story' directed by Steven Spielberg after her Oscar turn in 1961

Reported by: AP [ Published on: November 29, 2018 7:00 IST ]
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NEW YORK (AP) — Rita Moreno's portrayal of Anita in the classic 1961 film "West Side Story" won her an Oscar. Now, she has a different part in a remake directed by Steven Spielberg.

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. 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 Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner is adapting the script. Moreno will also serve as an executive producer.

Filming is set to begin next summer.

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