Sunday, April 14, 2024

Ansel Elgort Will Play Tony in Spielberg’s “West Side Story” Remake, I Told You That Twice This Year


Twice this year I told you the only Tony for Steven Spielberg in his “West Side Story” was Ansel Elgort. I told you on January 25th, and again in July. No one listened to me except, I guess, Spielberg, although I also mentioned it to casting director Cindy Tolan when she was having open auditions. (I also told her I’d play Officer Krupke, but that should go to Tony Danza.)

Today, Ansel Elgort was announced as Tony.

In July I also said Camilla Cabello and Selena Gomez should be in the movie. Let’s see if that works out.

Ansel has been making his own records, he can sing just fine, and he’ll be a perfect Tony. It was only when I saw him move in “Baby Driver” that I knew he was the one.

I don’t know why “West Side Story” needs a remake, but if this is the direction Spielberg is taking– along with the Tony Kushner screenplay– it sounds promising. My only question is– how will Spielberg work Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance into the movie?



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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