I believe I’ve made my opinion clear on this whole Annie remake: UGH, NO. Annie is an iconic film that never, ever needs to be remade, no matter how old it is. I’m stoked for little Quvenzhané Wallis, who’ll be taking on the titular role, but Jamie Foxx needs to GTFO and the fact that now Cameron Diaz has signed on for Miss Hannigan makes me kind of want to jump off the nearest bridge.
I’ve learned that Sony’s Columbia Pictures just concluded the negotiations with Cameron Diaz today for the updated moppet movie musical starting production in the fall for a Christmas 2014 release. Sandra Bullock had been in talks for the role in Annie but pulled out recently. Beasts Of The Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhane Wallis, who became the youngest actress ever to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination, is on board to play the iconic orphan, and Best Actor Oscar winner for Ray, Jamie Foxx, as Daddy Warbucks in the classic comic strip-turned-musical being produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z and directed by Will Gluck. I think Diaz is an inspired choice to play the mean lady who runs the orphanage after the actress strutted her nasty in Sony’s Bad Teacher and a few other choice roles.
Thank God Sandy Bullock had the common sense to realise that this project is in bad taste and will probably be a disaster. On the other hand, roles for ladies over 40 aren’t as plentiful as they should be, so Cameron’s following the “get in where you fit in” line of thought and I can’t exactly hate. I’ll just be sure to steer far, far clear of this.