Rachel Ziegler in ‘West Side Story’: The Colombian teen who chose Steven Spielberg to star in the remake of the legendary musical

A hitherto unknown young woman plays the role of Maria in the remake of the icon West side storydirected by Steven Spielberg, which premieres in December.

17-year-old Rachel Ziegler was chosen from among 30,000 candidates who responded to an advertisement in January 2018 inviting Latino actors and actresses to play various roles in the Spielberg movie, which received rave reviews.

Terry Alexander

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