I'm totally psyched West Side Story is heading back to Broadway this year (the show opened this week!) -- so much so that I scooped up tickets for my mom for Mother's Day because I'm good like that (awww) -- but Vanity Fair took things one step further and, for one of their splash-tastic photo spreads, decided to pull together a whole bunch of actors to recreate famous scenes from one of the most beloved musicals of all time, with help from photographer Mark Seliger.
Participants included Jennifer Lopez (Anita), Camilla Belle (Maria), Ben Barnes (Tony), Rodrigo Santoro (Bernardo, leader of the Sharks), Brandon T. Jackson (Sharks gang member), Jay Hernandez (Sharks gang member), Chris Evans (Riff, leader of the Jets), Cam Gigandet (Jets gang member), Drake Bell (Jets gang member) and Robert Pattinson (Jets gang member). Twilight represent! Other folks who pop up (as various group members) include Ashley Tisdale, Brittany Snow, Sean Faris, Shane Lynch, Melonie Diaz, Minka Kelly, Natalie Martinez ... and I think that's everyone. Sometimes I forget how big this ensemble cast is.
I know it's early, and this is simply a photo shoot celebrating the musical's return to Broadway, but if they were to ever stage a remake one imagines the cast (and the film) would look something like this -- a smorgasbord of some of Hollywood's hottest up-and-coming talent. Whaddya think? Is it only a matter of time? Check out a few of the images below, then head over to Vanity Fair for all the fascinating details.