Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James Join Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story'
Corey Stoll and Brian d'Arcy James have been tapped to play law enforcement officials who get caught up in the ongoing rivalry between two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. Stoll ("Ant-Man," "House of Cards") will portray Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially-torn precinct, and dʼArcy James (a Broadway veteran, Tony nominee, and SAG Award winner for "Spotlight") will take on the role of Sergeant Krupke, the longtime cop whose beat includes the territories of the warring gangs (and who inspires the classic kiss-off song, "Gee, Officer Krupke").
The actors join the previously-announced cast of Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler as star-crossed lovers Tony (a former member of the Jets) and Maria (the younger sister of the leader of the Sharks). The rest of the ensemble includes Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), and Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino).
Rita Moreno, who originated the role of Anita in the 1961 feature (and won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work), will also appear in this new version. She's playing Valentina, a shop owner based on the character Doc from the first film.
Production on "West Side Story" is set to begin this summer. Additional casting announcements are expected soon.