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Steven Spielberg expands cast of upcoming 'The Fabelmans'

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Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic 1961 musical West Side Story is still yet to hit cinemas, but despite this, we are already getting casting news of his future film The Fabelmans, based loosely on his childhood. Recently announced, Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord, Keeley Karsten, Birdie Borria, Alina Brace, and Sophia Kopera will join the already A-list cast including, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Paul Dano, Gabriel LaBelle, Judd Hirsch, Sam Rechner and Oakes Fegley. 

Co-written by Spielberg and Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner, the film will also be produced by Spielberg, Kushner and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The first major screen appearances for several of the actors, the film marks Francis-DeFord’s acting debut, whilst Keeley Karsten first appeared in Amazon’s Hunters, as well as the independent films Entanglement and Viceroy

Birdie Borria has worked on several national commercials and will be appearing on Fox’s upcoming Pivoting, as well as in Netflix’s You and Apple TV+’s Puppy Place.

The latest film from the mastermind director of Jaws, Jurassic Park and Catch me if you can, West Side Story is based on the original book by Arthur Laurents, as well as the 1961 film directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. It follows on from his disappointing adaptation of Ernest Cline’s bombastic sci-fi adventure Ready Player One, starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance. 

West Side Story sees Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria, take on the classic West End musical that re-envisages Romeo & Juliet in 1950s New York City, with plenty of high-kicks, clicks, and chain swinging.

The film was originally due to hit theatres back in the winter of 2020 ready for awards season. It is now set for release this December, providing a Christmas treat for musical fans.

Check out the trailer right here:

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