This 18-Year-Old Girl Is Playing Maria in the West Side Story Remake, and DAMN, Her Voice!
Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story will feature some powerhouse cast members like Rita Moreno and Ansel Elgort, but Hollywood newcomer Rachel Zegler is taking on perhaps the film's most important role. The 18-year-old singer will be the film's leading lady, Maria, opposite Elgort's Tony. You'll understand how she nabbed the exciting role after a quick listen to her breathtaking voice.
"I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this amazing cast," Zegler said in a statement in January. "West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community."
In a sea of 30,000 submissions, Zegler participated in an online casting call and sent in videos of herself singing "Tonight" and "Me Siento Hermosa/I Feel Pretty" from the movie-musical. While fans haven't gotten a chance to hear these specific versions, Zegler does have a YouTube channel full of incredible covers, including a few of our favorites from the A Star Is Born soundtrack. Prepare yourself to be wowed by her vocal talents, and check out the videos of her singing ahead.