It’s a hard knock life for us as Columbia Pictures released the first trailer for the remake of the 1982 classic Annie. Director Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits; Easy A) bring this reboot to life, staring Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan, Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks aka Daddy Warbucks, and Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as little orphan Annie. Just in time for the holiday season, Annie will sing and dance her way onto the big screen on December 19 and you can watch the first trailer after the jump.
Now I’m not sure exactly who asked for this Annie remake or what warranted it, but for the sake of our sanity we are lucky enough to have Will Gluck in the director’s chair. Gluck is most recognized for this work in raunchy sex comedies – Friends with Benefits made the top five of Tyler’s favorite movies of 2011 – and maybe he can be the saving grace because Cameron Diaz sure won’t be and as this will be Wallis’ second film, she is a wild card in this possible train wreck.
With this being the third reproduction of the Broadway musical, hopes are high that new fans will embrace this timeless classic. The first motion picture featuring Annie is the classic most people over the age of 20 may recall as the made for TV version by Disney comes as a distant memory. Hopefully with Gluck as the director he will bring his wit and charm that he has shown in his previous endeavors and bring a breath of 21st century flair into the movie.
Within seconds of this trailer, Cameron Diaz is depicted as the craziest cat lady of all time; it’s almost as if she might be acting in the wrong movie. Even the ending to the trailer feels completely off with Diaz’s character yelling at Jamie Foxx’s Stacks to follow her on Facebook. Parents, if you are going to take your kids to see this make sure to show them the original first, for me nothing can compare.
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If you’re unfamiliar with the plot, here is a brief synopsis courtesy of IMDb.com:
Businessman and aspiring politician Will Stacks comes to the aid of a young girl living in an orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.
As with most remakes my expectations are never very high and after seeing the trailer this will most likely be a redbox movie night option just for the fact that I want to see how the remake compares.
Annie hits theaters everywhere on December 19, 2014.