Anita is one of the best parts in , one that earned Rita Moreno an Oscar in the original 1961 film. Moreno was one of the only Shark characters to actually be Puerto Rican, with Natalie Wood starring as ingenue Maria and greek actor George Chakiris as Bernardo. This is one change that Steven Spielberg is trying to make with his version. As the conversations around inclusion and representation continue swirling around the entertainment business, it’s a relief that the Sharks will be played by latin actors– especially considering race is a central theme of the movie.
It should be interesting to see what type of talent Steven Spielberg ultimately goes with. Will he go for clear choices like Naya Rivera and Vanessa Hugdgens, or will he find unknowns to play the iconic roles? We’ll just have to wait and see as development slowly begins coming together. One thing is clear: Rivera wants the role, and bad.
Steven Spielberg’s will arrive in theaters March 29, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.