Other cast members include Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ana Isabelle (Rosalia), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), Brian d'Arcy James (Officer Krupke) and Curtiss Cook (Abe).
In that project, Rita Moreno played the role of Anita, taking home an Oscar for best supporting actress; however, she will also return in Spielberg's new film as Valentina in addition to serving as one of the film's executive producers. The new Spielberg film is a direct adaptation of the original Broadway musical of the same name, not a remake of the Robert Wise-directed 1961 film.
Last month, the studio also released a first-look image of the film's rival gangs.
"West Side Story" is set to hit theaters December 18, 2020.” />
Spielberg is directing and producing the film from a script by Tony Kushner, which retains the story's 1957 New York setting.
DeBose first rose to fame as a contestant on "So You Think You Can Dance," before landing roles in Broadway shows such as Motown the Musical," "Pippin," "Hamilton" and "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical." As Anita, DeBose plays the girlfriend of Bernardo, the leader of the Puerto Rican gang the Sharks who are at odds with the white American gang the Jets.
20th Century Fox released a first look image Saturday of actress Ariana DeBose in the role of Anita for Steven Spielberg's upcoming "West Side Story."

Ford will next be part of the voice cast for "Secret Life of Pets 2."
Insiders stress that both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford remain committed to revisiting the beloved franchise about the globe-trotting archaeologist. The Oscar-winning director is in pre-production on a remake of "West Side Story" and is also toying with making "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," a historical drama with Mark Rylance. Spielberg, however, has a full dance card of projects in development and it's possible one of them will slide in front of the "Indiana Jones" sequel.
The studio has yet to officially pull "Indiana Jones 5" from the release calendar or announce a new date.” /> Disney, the studio that's releasing the fifth Indiana Jones movie, declined to comment.
At one point, the fifth Indiana Jones was supposed to hit theaters in 2019. Collider reported on Thursday that Jonathan Kasdan, son of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" scribe Lawrence Kasdan, has been enlisted to deliver a new draft. Part of the issue is that the key members of the creative team have yet to sign off on a finished script. A deal has yet to close to bring the writer on board, but it looks as though he will soon join the project. David Koepp ("Jurassic Park") took the first pass at the script.
Filming was supposed to begin in April of 2019 in the United Kingdom, but sources close to the production say that shooting will no longer start next spring and will have to be pushed back by months, if not a year. The fifth film in the adventure series will miss its original release date, Variety has learned. Potential crew members have already been informed of the delay.
Indiana Jones will not be riding back into theaters on July 10, 2020.