The EGOT winner will appear in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie after winning an Oscar for her performance as Anita.
Rita Moreno isn’t done mamboing. The stage and screen legend will appear in Steven Spielberg’s new film version of West Side Story, a representative has confirmed.
Moreno, who earned an Oscar in 1962 for her performance as Anita in the original movie adaptation of the classic musical, will play Valentina, an expanded version of the musical’s Doc (the corner store owner). The EGOT winner will also serve as an executive producer on the project.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself revisiting this seminal work,” said Moreno in a statement. “And to be asked by Steven Spielberg to participate is simply thrilling. Then to work together with the brilliant playwright, Tony Kushner—what a glorious stew! I am tingling!”
Earlier this month, it was reported that Moreno, who can currently be seen on Netflix's One Day at a Time reboot, would appear in another movie musical: In the Heights. The announcement, however, was quickly refuted.