Annie (2014 film)
|Directed by||Will Gluck|
|Produced by||James Lassiter
Jada Pinkett Smith
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
Lawrence "Jay" Brown
Tyrone "Ty Ty" Smith
|Screenplay by||Will Gluck
Aline Brosh McKenna
by Thomas Meehan
|Music by||Charles Strouse
|Edited by||Tia Nolan|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||118 minutes|
Annie is an upcoming 2014 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Will Gluck and produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith. It stars Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role and Jamie Foxx in the role of Will Stacks, an update of Daddy Warbucks. It is a contemporary adaptation of the musical of the same name, which in turn is based upon the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray.
The third film adaptation following Columbia Pictures' 1982 theatrical film and Disney's 1999 made-for-television film, it began production in August 2013 and will be released on December 19, 2014.
In modern-day New York City, Annie is an orphan/foster child living under the cruelty of Miss Hannigan. 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. But everything's about to change when hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks - advised by his VP, Grace and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy - 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.
- Jamie Foxx as William "Will" Stacks, a wealthy politician based on Oliver Warbucks.
- Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, a poor orphan in a foster home who desires to search for her parents.
- Rose Byrne as Grace Farrell, Stacks' faithful personal assistant and Annie's mother figure.
- Bobby Cannavale as Guy  a "bulldog political adviser" to Stacks.
- Cameron Diaz as Miss Colleen Hannigan, the cruel control freak of the foster home where Annie resides.
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Nash, "the tough but lovable bodyguard and driver for Stacks and a good friend of Annie."
- Tracie Thoms and Dorian Missick have been cast as Annie's "fake parents", based on the characters Lily St. Regis and Rooster Hannigan.
- David Zayas as Lou, the local bodega owner who is a friend of Annie and has a crush on Miss Hannigan.
- Nicolette Pierini as Mia, the smallest orphan.
- Amanda Troya as Pepper, the bossiest orphan.
- Eden Duncan-Smith as Isabella, one of Annie's foster sisters.
The soundtrack features songs from the original Broadway production, written by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Martin Charnin, and arranged by Sia and Greg Kurstin. The album, which was executive produced by Kurstin, includes songs from the film as performed by Wallis, Diaz, Foxx, Byrne, Cannavale, Troya, Smith, Pierini, and Colletti. Sia and Kurstin wrote three new songs for the soundtrack, including "Opportunity", "Who Am I", and "Moonquake Lake". Sia also co-wrote "The City's Yours" with Stargate. Matt Sullivan served as the film’s Executive Music Supervisor.
- "Maybe" - Annie, Tessie, Mia, Isabella, and Pepper
- "It's the Hard Knock Life" - Annie, Tessie, Mia, Isabella, Pepper, and Foster Girls
- "Tomorrow" - Annie
- "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" - Annie, Grace, and Mrs. Kovacevic
- "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" - Sia
- "Little Girls" - Miss Hannigan
- "The City's Yours" - Will and Annie
- "Opportunity" - Annie
- "Easy Street" - Guy and Miss Hannigan
- "Who Am I?" - Miss Hannigan, Will, and Annie
- "I Don't Need Anything But You" - Will, Annie, and Grace
- "Tomorrow" (Reprise) - Cast
Sony first announced the remake in January 2011, with Jay-Z and Will Smith serving as producers, as well as Willow Smith, Will's daughter, signed to play the lead role. In February 2011, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy became front-runner to direct the film, but by March, he had declined.
The production soon began seeking a screenwriter, with actress Emma Thompson being considered as a contender. No developments on the film arrived until May 2012, when Will Smith appeared on Good Morning America and provided updates, including that the film would be set in modern day New York City, confirming Thompson was providing a script and that Jay-Z would also provide newly written songs for the film. In July 2012, We Bought a Zoo screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna wrote a second draft of the script. In August, it was announced production was to begin in Spring 2013.
In March, the search for the rest of the cast continued, with Justin Timberlake rumored for the role of Daddy Warbucks This was proven false when Jamie Foxx signed on for the role, now named Will Stacks. In June, Cameron Diaz was cast as the evil Miss Hannigan, after Sandra Bullock declined.
In July, Rose Byrne joined the cast as Grace Farrell, Stacks's faithful assistant and in August, Boardwalk Empire star Bobby Cannavale joined the cast as a "bulldog political adviser" to Will Stacks. In September the rest of the cast was announced with Amanda Troya, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith and Zoe Colletti as the orphans.
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