Sony has released the first trailer for Will Gluck’s (Easy A) upcoming Annie remake starring Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Quvenzhané Wallis, & Rose Byrne. The film centers on wealthy businessman Benjamin Stacks who comes to the aid of a young girl living in an orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan (thanks IMDB, the film’s official synopsis was too long).
It’s going to be a hard knock life for Cameron Diaz around this time next year since she basically made the lives of Razzie voters even easier by choosing to star in this film and do whatever it is that she’s doing here. I like Diaz, so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and blame Will Gluck for making her ham it up to the nth degree as Miss Hannigan.
Moving on. Quvenzhané Wallis, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild, looks endearing enough as the little orphan Annie but I can’t say “Tomorrow” with the aid of auto-tune (or pitch correction) is really doing it for me. Anyway, I really do hope this turns out well. Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas also star. Annie hits theaters December 19th.
A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.
Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.