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The gangs are all here in the first image from Steven Spielberg's upcoming remake of "West Side Story."

The photo shows Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) holding hangs in the middle between the rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks.

Spielberg is remaking the Oscar-winning 1961 movie musical, adapted from the Broadway musical, itself inspired by "Romeo and Juliet." It tells the story of two young lovers whose ties to rival gangs complicates their illicit relationship.

Tony, a one-time member of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the Sharks leader, Bernardo, played in the remake by David Alvarez.

Spielberg is directing the film from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tony Kushner. The original Broadway musical was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers in the film.

"West Side Story" opens in theaters December 18, 2020.