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Rita Moreno joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

 Entertainment Desk :: entertainment-desk

 Published: 04:27 PM, 29 November 2018   Updated: 04:27 PM, 29 November 2018

Rita Moreno; Photo: AP

Rita Moreno; Photo: AP

Rita Moreno’s portrayal of Anita in the classic 1961 film ‘West Side Story’ won her an Oscar. Now, she has a different part in a remake directed by Steven Spielberg.

The publicist for the 86-year-old Moreno confirmed Wednesday that she’ll play Valentina, a reworked version of the character of Doc, the owner of a corner store where Tony works. Ansel Elgort has been cast as Tony.

The story follows two star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, who are each associated with rival New York street gangs.

The Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner is adapting the script. Moreno will also serve as an executive producer.

Filming is set to begin next summer.