Original ‘West Side Story’ cast to reunite ahead of film’s 60th anniversary

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The Jets and Sharks are coming back together.

The original stars of the iconic 1961 film “West Side Story” are reuniting ahead of its 60th anniversary, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Rita Moreno, 89, George Chakiris, 86, and Russ Tamblyn, 86, are set for a virtual reunion to help kickoff the 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival.

Moreno, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Anita, Chakiris, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Sharks leader Bernardo, and Tamblyn, who played Jets kingpin Riff, will reunite for a screening of the film set to air on May 6th at 8 p.m. ET on TCM and HBO Max.

Richard Beymer, 83, who played Tony in the Oscar-winning film is not part of the reunion. Natalie Wood, who had the lead role of Maria, passed away in 1981 at the age of 43.

Released in 1961, “West Side Story” was an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, and was inspired by Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

The story surrounds two gangs in 1950s New York City and the romance and violence that ensues when one member falls in love with a rival’s sister.

Steven Spielberg is directing a remake with “Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort as Tony and newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria.

Moreno also makes an appearance in Spielberg's "West Side Story," which is scheduled to hit theaters on December 10, 2021.

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