After news of her casting broke, Zegler added on Twitter, "I could say so many things but all I can muster is thank you". "I am in awe of the sheer force of the talent of these young performers, and I believe they'll bring a new and electrifying energy to a magnificent musical that's more relevant than ever".
"I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this awesome cast", Zegler says in a press release.
"I send a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this incredible dream a reality - I never could've done it alone", she continued, calling out the cast members whom she is "so honored" to work alongside "in telling this impeccably poignant story".
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Added Zegler: "I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this fantastic cast".
Spielberg has also cast Broadway actress Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo. As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community, ' she gushed.
Zegler, 17, will star as the Puerto Rican girl who falls in love with white New Yorker Tony in the Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
Filming is due to start in the summer of 2019. Munich and Lincoln scribe Tony Kushner is adapting the play's book for the screen, however the original soundtrack and late-1950s setting are set to remain.
It's not just any film, either - the upcoming adaptation is being helmed by none other than Steven Spielberg, who put out an open casting call for Latinx actors a year ago. "West Side Story" won 10 Oscars, including best picture.