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There’s A Casting Call For A ‘West Side Story’ Remake, And Producers Are Looking For Latino Actors To Star

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Steven Spielberg is remaking “West Side Story” and people are flipping out!

It’s been reported that Spielberg is directing a remake of the 1961 musical classic “West Side Story.” Spielberg is apparently keeping very busy these days. The legendary director is also working on directing the fifth installment to the Indiana Jones franchise next year, which is set to be released in 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Aside from directing this new and exciting version of “West Side Story,” Spielberg is full immersed in the casting details for this project as well.

The main reason people are thrilled over this new version is because the main characters must be Spanish-speaking Latinos.

The casting notice clearly indicates that the lead actors must be able to sing and dance, as would be expected. However, the call also says actors must be Spanish-speaking Latinos, as the characters were intended to be.

If you don’t know the film or even the musical it’s based off of, it’s your basic Romeo and Juliet story but instead of Verona  in the 1300s, “West Side Story” is set in Manhattan in the 1950s. It has yet to be revealed if the remake will also take place in that era or in present day.

The main characters are Tony and Maria, a caucasian boy and Puerto Rican girl who fall for each other despite their love being forbidden. There’s also Bernardo, Maria’s big brother and a gang leader who had beautifully choreographed dance fights against the rival gang, the Jets. His girlfriend, Anita, was Maria’s best friend and confidant who could dance up a storm.

As you may recall in the original film, the lead actors were not Puerto Rican except for Rita Moreno, who played Anita.

The white actors who starred in the film wore brown makeup and affected thick, inauthentic accents. The lead role of Maria was played by Natalie Wood, who didn’t actually do any of her own singing for the film.

The casting notice is out and producers are looking for a Tony, Maria, Anita, and Bernardo.

It’s also being reported that the new version of “West Side Story” will include the very talented Lin-Manuel Miranda. In the 2009 Broadway production of “West Side Story,” the song “I Feel Pretty” was altered to be sung in Spanish, with new lyrics translated by Miranda.

It’s clear that studio heads are finally taking notice that people are tired of #OscarsSoWhite and hiring Latinos for major Hollywood roles.

Here’s how people are taking the news on social media.


READ: Latinos Recall The First Time They Felt Represented In Movies And TV

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Salma Hayek’s 29 Boldest Looks

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Salma Hayek’s 29 Boldest Looks

Salma Hayek has been in the international fashion scene since the mid-90s, when she turned heads in “Desperado” and “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn.”  And she’s been looking good ever since.  Click through for some of her hottest, coolest and wildest looks on the red carpet and elsewhere.

1. Back where it all began…

Source: Beginning. Digital Image. The Richest. December 19, 2016.

A little cult-classic called “From Dusk ‘til Dawn” was released and millions of 90s hearts began to race. Who was she? She was none other than Salma Hayek… Rodriguez and Tarantino‘s Mexican muse who was set to become not only a Hollywood star but the richest actress in Hollywood.

2. Jarabe Tapatío

Source: Folklore. Digital Image. Tom + Lorenzo. January 3, 2018.

Salma wanted not only to arrive in style wearing this amazing green Gucci dress but also take a little bit of Mexican folklore to the Palm Springs Film Festival.

3. Simple Nude

Source: Met Gala. Digital Image. PopSugar. May  1, 2017.

Salma wore an Alexander McQueen nude gown to honor the late designer at the 2011 Met Gala, where she was one of the honorary chair‘s of the evening.

4. Lucious Leather

Source: Biker Woman. Digital Image. Daily Mail. February 19, 2014.

Salma’s been doing fine on her own for many years, but it may amuse you to know that she finally settled down with Francois-Henri Pinault, who happens to be a French billionaire.  Oh, that’s him on the right.  So why not rock that leather hat?

5. Hawaiian Beauty

Source: Hawaiian Beauty. Digital Image. CNN. January 30, 2017.

Here’s a sunny number from last year’s SAG Awards.  This is what we love about our Salma.  She’s not afraid to zig when everyone else zags.  Look at this one: the flower, the ruffles, the length, the…belt…thingy.  Beautiful!

6. Busy, Busy

Source: Cannes. Digital Image. CelebMafia. May 23, 2017.

You’ve been clicking for a while, so you understand that we love Salma and her many bold looks.  And here’s another one.  Bold can mean a lot of things.

7. Lust in Lace

Source: Folklore. Digital Image. PopSugar. February 27, 2017.

Did you think Salma could never go a little goth?  You were mistaken.  Salma strutted the red carpet at the 2017 Oscars in this knockout Alexandre McQueen gown.  Need you be reminded that she was around 50 years old when this pic was taken?  Yes, you indeed need be.

8. Plunging Purple

Source: Hawaiian Beauty. Digital Image. Daily Mail. May 17, 2015.

Here’s Salma showing off what she’s got.  And boy, she’s really got the goods.  That diamond pendant necklace must have cost a pretty penny!  Good thing our girl works so much and gets that money!

9.  Galactic Beauty.

Source: Salma at Cannes. Digital Image. Daily Mail. May 22, 2017.

The perks of being married to a billionaire that owns luxury brands such as Gucci is that you get to wear any look you want out of the runway. The question is… where can I find a husband like that?

10. Silver Shimmer

Source: Cannes 2012. Digital Image. PopSugar. May 18, 2012.

It was no surprise when Salma arrived at Cannes Film Festival wearing a plunging neckline in this black sequin custom-made Gucci gown. 

11. Fashionable Turban

Source: Paris Fashion Week. Digital Image. Just Jared. October  5, 2010.

Salma is a woman with many accomplishments in her career… including bringing back turbans!

12. Outdoor Shower

Source: #Water. Digital Image. Instagram @salmahayek. August 11, 2017.

You have to hand it to Salma, she really lets her fans into her life.  Following her Instagram is like hanging out with her, but you get to hang out with her all the time.  Like, all the time.

13. Floral Motif

Source: Mother2Mother. Digital Image. Daily Mail. November  30, 2017.

Salma hosted the Mother2Mother Fundraiser in this Gucci pink floral gown. The non-profit helps mothers provides health education and support to women on how they can protect their babies from HIV.

14. Perfect Pink

Source: Frida Premiere. Digital Image. PBH2. February  27, 2017.

There are two good reasons to love this look.  First, the bold color choice.  No wimpy pink here, and yet she’s not overdoing with “hot” pink.  And second, that beautiful hair clip.  Retro, but also timeless, you know?

 15. Blinding Sequin

Source: Blinding Sequin. Digital Image. Style Bistro. November  4, 2017.

Salma wore this dress at an event honoring Geroge Lucas, and you have to hand it to her for her sense of occasion.  Can’t you just hear her telling her stylist, give me 70s disco robot!

16. Stunning in Yellow

Source: Gucci Spring. Digital Image. Hollywood Life. September 24, 2015.

Selma never disappoints! She stopped the show when she arrived at the 2016 Gucci Spring show wearing this super tight yellow sweater with a brown skirt.

17. Birds of a Feather

Source: McQueen Peacock. Digital Image. Fashion Sizzle. March 13, 2015.

Fashion-forward Salma turned heads at the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Fashion Gala in this incredibly dramatic McQueen peacock gown.

18. Tuxedo

Source: Tuxedo. Digital Image. Just Jared. November 25, 2011.

Can anyone pull a Tuxedo as good as Salma? I think not!

19. Spring Queen

Source: In Bloom. Digital Image. PopSugar. May 11, 2011.

For this Cannes red carpet event, Salma made two statements.  The first is a red leather Gucci dress.  But you may have missed that on account of the red floral boa thingy she’s wearing around her shoulders.  What?  You clicked on a list of bold looks.  This is bold… and amazing!

20. Mexican Star

Source: Summer Salma. Digital Image. The Hollywood Gossip. January 8, 2016.

Before Hollywood, she was a soap opera star back in Mexico who also played the lead role on one of Mexico‘s most awarded movies in history “El Callejón de los Milagros“.

21. All Hail the Queen

Source: Queen of Longtrellis. Digital Image. Vanity Fair. March 31, 2016.

Tale of Tales is a MUST watch for every Fantasy film lover or fashion design student. Salma‘s wardrobe is so impeccable it‘s worthy of the real Queen of Versailles. If you watch this movie I‘m sure you‘ll end up screaming YASSS QUEEN to the TV screen.

22. Savage Look

Source: Elena. Digital Image. Teinteresa.

Did you guys see “Savages” from a few years ago?  Okay, not the best movie.  But Salma?  Dios mio! She was great in it, scary, bad female.  She should play the bad guy more often, for real.

23. Domo Arigato

Source: Fashion Awards. Digital Image. CelebMafia. December 6, 2016.

I wonder… does she have Gucci‘s design team on speed dial? Seems to be because here‘s Salma rocking another custom-made Gucci gown at the Fashion Awards in London.

24. Ruffles Galore

Source: Ruffles. Digital Image. You & Your Wedding. November 23, 2015.

As you’ve seen for more than a dozen clicks, Salma is never afraid to flaunt it.  Here’s she’s showing all she’s got.  That beautiful head of hair!  Here in a very classy and understated bun.

25. New Millenium

Source: ELLE Cover. Digital Image. Pinterest.

She became a cover girl in the early 2000s after she jumped to mainstream Pop Culture when she starred in Wild Wild West alongside Will Smith and Kevin Kline.

26. Bold as Beatriz

Source: Beatriz. Digital Image. Rolling Stones. June 8, 2017.

Make no mistake, when you’re as famous as Salma Hayek is, dressing down is as bold as dressing up.  And making movies as thought-provoking and controversial as Beatriz at Dinner is even more so.  Keep it up, Salma!

27. Pink Do

Source: Pink Do. Digital Image. Tomatazos. May 22, 2017.

Salma took this look and made it her own.  Kylie Jenner?  Flick of the finger.  Gwen Stefani?  So 2001.  Trust Salma when you want to trot out a novelty hair color.  She’s a pro.

28. Lethal Purple

Source: Lethal. Digital Image. PBH2. February  27, 2017.

Salma is into her third decade of being a red carpet staple.  And with so much to show off, why not?  Somebody’s gotta look this good.

29. Frida

Source: Frida. Digital Image. Pinterest.

We would argue that Salma’s all-time boldest look was this one.  Playing celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Salma proved the neigh-sayers wrong, took on Harvey Weinstein, and even got an Oscar nomination.  She also made Frida a thousand times more popular, the world over.  That’s pretty bold.