TRAILER: ‘Annie’ Remake Starring Quvenzhane Wallis

by Arthur Vandelay on May 30, 2014

The new film adaption of the stage musical Annie has received a new trailer. The musical comedy stars Louisiana native Quvenzhane Wallis as the titular character, a spunky orphan with memorable hair. Jamie Foxx also stars, stepping into the expensive shoes of Daddy Warbucks, who is reimagined as a politician named Benjamin Stacks. Miss Hannigan, who hasn’t suffered a name change, is portrayed by Cameron Diaz. Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Mike Birbiglia and David Zayas also star.

Director Will Gluck, whose previous films include Friends with Benefits, Fired Up! and the instant comedy classic Easy A, steps into some mighty big shoes with his remake of Annie. After many successful Broadway iterations, the musical was first adapted into the now-beloved 1982 film Annie, which was directed by the legendary Oscar winner John Huston. In 1999, Rob Marshall directed a Disney made-for-TV version, and went on to later direct the musical Chicago, which won six Oscars including Best Picture.

Also, here’s a tidbit everyone else will miss. It’s well known that Quvenzhane Wallis was an unknown from Houma, Louisiana when she was cast in the lead of Beasts of the Southern Wild, a role that earned her the honor of being the youngest ever Oscar nominee for Best Actress. It’s not nearly as well known that the last actress to portray Annie – in Rob Marshall’s small screen adaptation – was also from Louisiana: Alicia Morton, who played the pint-sized redhead in 1999, is from Gonzales, a suburb of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Read Scene‘s exclusive interview with Quvenzhane Wallis here.

Annie is set to hit theaters December 2014.