ANNIE is an upcoming musical drama film directed by Will Gluck and produced by rapper Jay-Z and Will Smith. It stars youngest Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role and Jamie Foxx in the role of Benjamin Stacks, an update of the character Daddy Warbucks. Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne also star in the film.
Annie (Wallis) is 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 (Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Foxx) – advised by his brilliant 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.
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. This is the third film adaptation after the 1982 theatrical film and the 1999 made-for-television film.