New Maria from Spielberg's 'West Side Story' sings Lady Gaga

New Maria from Spielberg's 'West Side Story' sings Lady Gaga

An unknown 17-year-old high schooler from New Jersey has been plucked from virtual obscurity and will now fill a leading role in Stephen Spielberg's upcoming big-screen adaptation of the enduring and hugely beloved West Side Story. (Moreno has an expanded role in this remake as well, this time as a different character.) David Alvarez, who won a Tony for his work in Billy Elliott: The Musical, is playing Bernardo, Maria's brother and the leader of the Sharks.

"West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character", Zegler continued.

Zegler saw the call on Twitter and submitted a video of herself singing "Tonight" and "Me Siento Hermosa" ('I Feel Pretty'). "I am in awe of the sheer force of the talent of these young performers, and I believe they'll bring a new and electrifying energy to a magnificent musical that's more relevant than ever".

"I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this fantastic cast", Zegler said.

Zegler has an active YouTube channel on which she shares her own covers of popular songs, including a version of Shallow, from A Star is Born.

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Inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story famously centers on the rivalry between young street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

The new West Side Story film does not have a release date, but filming is due to begin from the middle of this year.

"I send a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this incredible dream a reality - I never could've done it alone", she continued, calling out the cast members whom she is "so honored" to work alongside "in telling this impeccably poignant story". This remake has been a passion project for Spielberg for years, though it remains to be seen if he'll be able to recapture the magic of the first movie, which was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 10, including Best Picture. Natalie Wood played the role of Maria in the movie.

This is her back in 2015 singing "The Wizard and I" from Wicked and yes it was filmed on a phone vertically but you won't care when she hits that key change!

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