Annie (2014 film)

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Promotional poster
Directed by Will Gluck
Produced by James Lassiter
Will Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith
Caleeb Pinkett
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
Lawrence "Jay" Brown
Tyrone "Ty Ty" Smith
Screenplay by Will Gluck
Aline Brosh McKenna
Emma Thompson
Based on Annie 
by Thomas Meehan
Starring Jamie Foxx
Quvenzhané Wallis
Rose Byrne
Bobby Cannavale
Cameron Diaz
Music by Charles Strouse
Martin Charnin
Cinematography Michael Grady
Edited by Tia Nolan
Village Roadshow Pictures
Overbrook Entertainment
Marcy Media Films
Olive Bridge Entertainment
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19)
Running time 118 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

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.[2][3]


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 [4] 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."[5]
  • Tracie Thoms and Dorian Missick have been cast as Annie's "fake parents",[6] 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.[7]
  • Nicolette Pierini as Mia, the smallest orphan.
  • Amanda Troya as Pepper, the bossiest orphan.[8]
  • Eden Duncan-Smith as Isabella, one of Annie's foster sisters.

Musical numbers[edit]

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.[9][10]

  1. "Overture"
  2. "Maybe" - Annie, Tessie, Mia, Isabella, and Pepper
  3. "It's the Hard Knock Life" - Annie, Tessie, Mia, Isabella, Pepper, and Foster Girls
  4. "Tomorrow" - Annie
  5. "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" - Annie, Grace, and Mrs. Kovacevic
  6. "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" - Sia
  7. "Little Girls" - Miss Hannigan
  8. "The City's Yours" - Will and Annie
  9. "Opportunity" - Annie
  10. "Easy Street" - Guy and Miss Hannigan
  11. "Who Am I?" - Miss Hannigan, Will, and Annie
  12. "I Don't Need Anything But You" - Will, Annie, and Grace
  13. "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.[11] In February 2011, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy became front-runner to direct the film,[12] but by March, he had declined.[13]

The production soon began seeking a screenwriter, with actress Emma Thompson being considered as a contender.[14] 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.[15] In July 2012, We Bought a Zoo screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna wrote a second draft of the script.[16] In August, it was announced production was to begin in Spring 2013.[17]

In January 2013, Easy A director Will Gluck was hired to direct, but Willow Smith had dropped out.[18]


By February, Beasts of the Southern Wild star and Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis had replaced Smith in the lead role,[19] and the film had secured a Christmas 2014 release.[20]

In March, the search for the rest of the cast continued, with Justin Timberlake rumored for the role of Daddy Warbucks[21] This was proven false when Jamie Foxx signed on for the role, now named Will Stacks.[22] In June, Cameron Diaz was cast as the evil Miss Hannigan, after Sandra Bullock declined.[23]

In July, Rose Byrne joined the cast as Grace Farrell, Stacks's faithful assistant[24] and in August, Boardwalk Empire star Bobby Cannavale joined the cast as a "bulldog political adviser" to Will Stacks.[25] In September the rest of the cast was announced with Amanda Troya, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith and Zoe Colletti as the orphans.[26]

As of September 19, principal photography had begun.[27][28] Shooting was done at Grumman Studios.[29]


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  22. ^ "Jamie Foxx May Play 'Daddy Warbucks' in the Annie Remake". Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  23. ^ O'Neal, Sean (2013-06-27). "Actually, Cameron Diaz will be the one terrorizing children with her singing in Annie". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
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  25. ^ "Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale Joins The Annie Remake". 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
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  28. ^ "Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx perform tomorrow on Annie remake". Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Ex-Grumman hangars pulling more movie business to Long Island". Newsday. 

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