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West Side Story Banned in Saudi Arabia and Other Gulf Nations Over Transgender Character: 报告

West Side Story Banned in Saudi Arabia and Other Gulf Nations Over Transgender Character: 报告

史蒂文斯皮尔伯格[object Window] will not be dancing into theaters in the Gulf countries overseas.

The musical adaptation, which is out Friday, has been banned in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman or Kuwait, 根据 好莱坞报道.

The outlet reported the film wasn’t granted a release certificate in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, while the UAE, Qatar and Oman requested cuts from the film that Disney refused to make.

The decision to ban the film was due to the transgender character of Anybodys, played by non-binary actor Iris Menas, THR 报道. (Homosexuality and LGBTQ rights are outlawed in those countries.)

漫威的 永恒族 was also banned from the Gulf countries for featuring the MCU’s first gay superhero Phastos (布莱恩·泰瑞·亨利) and the kiss he shares with his husband Ben (played by Haaz Sleiman).

Spielberg’s reimagining of the classic Broadway musical comes 60 years after the 1961 film debuted in theaters.

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The new adaptation stars 汉密尔顿’阿丽亚娜·德博斯 as Anita, newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria, 安塞尔·埃尔戈特 as Tony and David Alvarez as Bernardo.

丽塔莫雷诺, who starred in the 1961 经典的, also makes a return to the musical in the new role of Valentina, a store owner who offers Tony work after he attempts to rebuild his life following a prison stint.

在八月, Zegler told 镇 & 国家 the Spielberg film wasn’ttrying to recreate, frame for frame, 这 1961 movie.

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That film exists as this incredible piece of pop culture that everyone has seen and been affected by in some way. I don’t think any of us would ever try to recreate that,” said Zegler, 20. “There are things to improve on and things to address. It’s such a cultural phenomenon, that film and the musical in general.

I think the way Steven and [编剧] 托尼 [库什纳] framed it to all of us when we were auditioning, when we were rehearsing, when we were shooting, 曾是, ‘We are making a movie of the original Broadway musical. This is our take on a story that every-one has heard, and knows so well, and really loves,'” 她回忆说.

The film also stars Mike Faist, Maddie Ziegler, Myles Erlikc, 凯尔艾伦, Ezra Menas and Brian d’Arcy James.