As more updates continue to come in for the Steven Speilberg film remake of the iconic Broadway musical West Side Story, fans are getting more and more anxious for buzz.
One exciting development lies with one of the story’s original stars: Rita Moreno. The legendary actress won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Anita in the original film, but in the new version, she’ll be playing a much different role.
Moreno will be playing a new character, Valentina, who is reportedly a reimagined version of the character Doc, who owns the drug store where the story’s two rival gangs spend their leisure time.
Moreno said in a statement at the time of the announcement:
“Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself revisiting this seminal work, and to be asked by Steven Spielberg to participate is simply thrilling! Then to work together with the brilliant playwright Tony Kushner—what a glorious stew! I am tingling!”
The film has some high expectations, but fans are just as thrilled as Moreno is for her triumphant return.
I didn’t know West Side Story was reworking Doc as “Valentina” played by Rita Moreno bitch sign me up
— Ira Madison III (@ira) January 15, 2019
"The new castmembers join Rita Moreno…. who will play Valentina, a reconceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works. Moreno also serves as EP."
OK YEEEEESSS https://t.co/BjaTnGJdxD
— Klaudia Amenábar (@kaludiasays) January 14, 2019
Sure, sex is great, but have you heard that Rita Moreno is playing Valentina, "a reconceived and expanded version of the character of Doc" in the new WEST SIDE STORY? https://t.co/0oEM18Q3Qe
— Jorge Molina (@colormejorge) November 27, 2018
— Norma Palacios (@NormaPalacios42) November 27, 2018
Something’s coming, something good…