Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver

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The more we learn about Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" adaptation, the surer we are that something's coming, something good.

The latest on the "West Side Story" front is that the movie musical's male lead, Tony, has been found. Ansel Elgort has signed on to play the role in the film, Deadline reports. His character is part of a tragic love story involving a deadly rivalry between two street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

There are more roles still to be cast, including that of Maria, Tony's forbidden love. We're awaiting those announcements, but in the meantime, the addition of Elgort is a big one. He previously starred in 2017's "Baby Driver" and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor -- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Spielberg is directing the film and Tony Kushner wrote the script, adapting the 1957 musical, which itself is inspired by "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare. Broadway choreographer Justin Peck has also joined the project.

"West Side Story" is expected to kick off production next summer.

[via: Deadline]