Steven Spielberg had the Internet buzzing on Monday (Jan. 14) when he confirmed his pick for the role of Maria in the West Side Story remake. High school student Rachel Zegler will take on the iconic lead after responding to the production’s open casting call with a video of herself singing the film’s “Tonight” and “Me Siento Hermosa.”
Though this is Zegler’s film debut, the 17-year-old has been uploading covers to her YouTube channel for the past three years. Currently with about 81,000 subscribers, her channel is packed with her take on Broadway hits, Disney classic and top 40 smashes. Her most popular video is a heartfelt performance of “Shallow” from A Star is Born, crooning her impressive range through Apple earbuds in her bathroom.
Ahead of the 1961 classic’s remake, which also stars Ansel Elgort as Tony and is scheduled to begin filming this summer, see below for five more of Zegler’s amazing covers.
1. Queen – “Somebody to Love”
Ariana Grande – “breathin/One Last Time”
3. Lady Gaga – “You and I”
4. Hamiton – “Satisfied”
5. Florence & the Machine – “Dog Days Are Over”