Today Brings a New "Tomorrow": Movie Musical Remake of "Annie" Opens Nationwide | Playbill

News Today Brings a New "Tomorrow": Movie Musical Remake of "Annie" Opens Nationwide The movie musical remake of "Annie," which stars Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role alongside Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, opens nationwide Dec. 19.

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis
Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis Photo by Sony

Directed by Will Gluck, the film features a screenplay by Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play Annie by Thomas Meehan (book), Charles Strouse (music) and Martin Charnin (lyrics).

Click here to read the critics' reviews.

The film also features three new songs written by Sia and Greg Kurstin.

Click here for the feature on the film's changes.

The film also stars David Zayas ("Dexter," "Oz," Anna in the Tropics) as Lou, the local bodega owner; Golden Globe nominee Cameron Diaz ("There's Something About Mary") as Miss Hannigan; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Thor: The Dark World," "Pompeii") as Nash, the bodyguard and driver for Benjamin Stacks; Academy Award winner Foxx as Stacks, 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. Read about the history of the musical and its changes.

The film is produced by James Lassiter, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, Laurence "Jay" Brown, Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith and Gluck. Celia Costas is the executive producer.

Here's how the musical remake is billed: "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."

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