‘West Side Story’: ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Spotlight’ actors join Steven Spielberg movie
Broadway musical “West Side Story” is being adapted for film once again, courtesy of Steven Spielberg this time, with Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James the latest names to sign on.
With Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler heading up its cast, the new “West Side Story” ensemble expanded by two, thanks to the commitments of Corey Stoll and Brian D’Arcy James.
Having played Yellowjacket in “Ant-Man”, United States Rep. Peter Russo in “House of Cards” season one, and lead character Ephraim Goodweather over four seasons of dark vampire drama “The Strain”, Corey Stoll is stepping into the shoes of police Lieutenant Schrank, one of the main supporting characters of “West Side Story”.
Alongside Stoll, Brian D’Arcy James is likewise teaming up with Spielberg and his crew. James will be playing police department colleague Sergeant Krupke, likewise concerned with ongoing disputes between the Jets and Sharks gangs.
James comes in from TV series “13 Reasons Why” and the award-winning “Spotlight”. Both were involved with moon landings biopic “First Man” while James was a regular cast member in Spielberg-produced musical TV series “Smash”.
As well as Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”, “The Fault in Our Stars”) and newcomer Rachel Zegler, those already on board for “West Side Story” include fellow new faces Josh Andrés Rivera, David Alvarez, Ariana DeBose, and actress from the musical’s ten Academy Award-winning 1961 first film adaptation Rita Moreno. CE/JB