Rachel Zegler has officially signed with a Hollywood agency…
The 18-year-old half-Colombian American newcomer, who’ll be making her big screen debut as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature remake of West Side Story, has signed with ICM Partners.
Deadline.com reports that it was a competitive signing, with five agencies making presentations to Zegler. Word is that Spielberg and West Side Story producer Kristie Macosko Kriegerhelped Zegler navigate the agency signing process.
Zegler, a New Jersey High School student, first saw the audition notice for West Side Story back in January 2018 for Latinx actors. She submitted a video of herself singing “Tonight” and “Me Siento Hermosa” from the hit Leonard Bernstein–Stephen Sondheim show, and landed the part of Maria (a role made famous by Natalie Woodin the 1961 movie) opposite Ansel Elgortwho is playing Tony. Spielberg and his team were committed to finding the best actors within the Puerto Rican as well as the broader Latinx community casting a wide net.
West Side Story will open on December 18 via 20th Century Fox/Disney with Spielberg directing and Amblin Entertainmentproducing.
The principal Shark roles in the remake are played by Broadway veterans Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo. Theater performer Josh Andrés Riverahas been cast as Chino. Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the Jerome Robbins–Robert Wisefilm, will portray Valentina in Spielberg’s take, a reconceived and expanded version of the character Doc, who is the owner of the corner store in which Tony works.