Steven Spielberg has cast the leading lady in his remake of West Side Story

By Krisinda Merhi January 16, 2019

And her voice is INSANE


Steven Spielberg’s reboot of West Side Story has found its Maria, and can we just say… a star is born?

In a scenario right out of your teenage dreams, 17-year-old Rachel Zegler, a Colombian-American student from new Jersey, has been ~Plucked From Obscurity!~ to star in the remake, opposite Ansel Elgort as Tony.

Zegler’s only previous brush with fame is a Twitter clip that went a bit viral in December, and you can see why

Her voice is INSANE. It’s actual perfection. It’s the stuff of angels and Disney princesses and just WOW. 

How can you not fall in love with the pure joy on her face as she effortlessly destroys the most iconic 30 seconds of ‘Shallow’ in an empty auditorium, and then chucks in a cheeky “Everybody!”

Not only are her lungs perfect for the role, but her cultural background. 

Spielberg had made a point ofcasting actual Latinx actors as the Sharks and their friends in the remake. 

Natalie Wood (the original Maria) was charming and all (oh so charming) but she was born in California to Russian parents – so it’s great to see a young Latina woman playing one of the most iconic Latina characters in film history.

“West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character,” Zegler said in a statement. 

“As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community.”

Images: West Side Story / The Mirisch Company.