The film also stars David Zayas ("Dexter," "Oz," Anna in the Tropics) as Lou, the local bodega owner who has a crush on Miss Hannigan, played by Golden Globe nominee Cameron Diaz ("There's Something About Mary"); Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Thor: The Dark World," "Pompeii") as Nash, the bodyguard and driver for Benjamin Stacks, a variation of Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (played by Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx), who is a potential mayoral candidate; Tony Award nominee Bobby Cannavale (The Big Knife, The Motherf**ker with the Hat) as a tough political adviser to Stacks; and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne ("Damages") as Grace.
Dorian Missick ("Southland") and Tracie Thoms (Sticky Fly, Drowning Crow) play characters described as Annie's "fake parents," resembling the characters of Rooster Hannigan and his girlfriend Lily in the original musical version.
Click here to listen to "It's The Hard Knock Life" from the film.
The Columbia Pictures film is produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z and will hit theatres Dec. 19. Annie opened April 21, 1977, at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show was one of the biggest Broadway musical hits of the 1970s, running for almost six years and playing 2,377 performances. The musical was previously filmed in 1982 and remade for ABC-TV in 1999.
Annie's score includes "Maybe," "It's the Hard Knock Life," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and "Tomorrow."