West Side Story Actors 1961 Vs. 2021

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Rita Moreno is lovely as ever.

The new West Side Story is out, and y’all, I am OBSESSED! The dancing! The singing! The representation! I just can’t get enough!

So, I thought it would be fun to look back and see what the new characters look like compared to their 1961 counterparts:

1.

Natalie Wood as Maria (1961)


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Rachel Zegler as Maria (2021)


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2.

Richard Beymer as Tony (1961)


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Ansel Elgort as Tony (2021)


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3.

George Chakiris as Bernardo (1961)


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David Alvarez as Bernardo (2021)


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4.

Rita Moreno as Anita (1961)


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Ariana DeBose as Anita (2021)


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5.

Russ Tamblyn as Riff (1961)


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Mike Faist as Riff (2021)


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6.

Jose De Vega as Chino (1961)


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Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino (2021)

7.

And even though she’s not playing Anita, Rita Moreno is back! This time, she’s playing a new character, Valentina!


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Who is your favorite West Side Story character? LMK in the comments below!



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