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Corey Stoll and Brian d'Arcy James join Steven Spielberg's West Side Story film

Big names will take on iconic roles in Spielberg's new film

Steven Spielberg
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Further casting has been announced for Steven Spielberg's West Side Story film, which is expected to begin shooting in summer 2019.

According to Deadline, joining the previously announced two leads Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in the film will be Ant-Man and Midnight in Paris' Corey Stoll and three-time Tony-nominee Brian dʼArcy James, who was the original King George in Hamilton at the Public Theater.

Stoll will play the fearsome Lieutenant Schrank, who clamps down on the gang activity, while dʼArcy James will take on the role of the iconic Officer Krupke.

The pair join Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Rita Moreno (Valentina) and Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino) in supporting Elgort and Zegler in the film.

Set in 1950s New York, the classic musical tells of the gang rivalry between the New York Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. It is loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and features classic numbers including "I Feel Pretty", "Something's Coming", "America", "Cool" and "Tonight". It has music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

The original film came out in 1961 and starred Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. It went on to win ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

A release date for West Side Story is yet to be announced.