According to, Academy Award winning director, Steven Spielberg, plans on filming his new movie in Paterson, NJ.  Spielberg will be directing a remake of the classic film/musical, West Side Story.

Collider says that the movie is slated for a Dec. 18, 2020 release.  Ansel Elgort newcomer, Rachel Zegler, have been cast as the film's leads.

Ansel Egort, Getty Images for the NRDC


In January, we told you about how New Jersey native, Zegler, had been cast as Maria and how it won't be the first time playing the role. says that Paterson will serve as "a stand-in for the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the mid-1950s."

Marcia Sotorrio, Paterson’s cultural affairs director, told that "production has been prepping the set at parking lots next to Center City Mall between Market and Smith streets.

Center City Mall, Paterson, NJ. Credit: Google

Sotorrio also told that, "Dance scenes and musical numbers will also be filmed on Ellison and Washington streets."

Intersection of Ellison & Washington streets in Paterson, NJ. Credit: Google