Eddie Vedder Appears For West Side Story Movie


Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who is making a film with Stevie Nicks, recently made an appearance for ‘West Side Story’ movie at the Los Angeles premiere of Steven Spielberg’s new film adaptation of “West Side Story”. The red carpet attendees at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater included the cast members as well as Jill & Eddie Vedder.

Eddie Vedder makes an appearance at the premiere

Spielberg’s highly anticipated adaption of the 1957 Stephen Sondheim Broadway production is set to hit the theaters on Friday. The film stars Ansel Elgort as Tony and newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria, star-crossed lovers in 1950s New York living under the shadows of racism and rivaling teenage gangs- the Jets and the Sharks.

Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist and Corey Stoll also star. Rita Moreno, the scene-stealer of the 1961 “West Side Story” film, also makes an appearance.

Steven Spielberg opens up on not including subtitles

The musical won’t be using any English subtitles during scenes where Spanish dialogue is spoken. The Oscar-winning director recently addressed the absence of subtitles and defended his decision for not using them.

“I don’t know if anybody really questioned it. I don’t remember anybody saying ‘You’ve got to subtitle it,’” the 74-year-old told Digital Spy. “I felt that subtitling the Spanish was disrespectful to the second language of this country.”

The filmmaker continued:

“It would make English the dominant language, because then there would be two being spoken: the English by the characters speaking and the English that would [be written] underneath the spoken Spanish words.”

Given that the United States has no official language, English and Spanish are tallied as the first- and second-most-widely spoken languages by Americans, with more than 41 million people in this country who regularly use the latter. Sondheim, who died on Nov. 26 at the age of 91, also gave his blessing for this remake before his passing.