Cameron Diaz Takes 'Annie' Remake Role Instead of Sandra Bullock
by Ethan Anderton
June 27, 2013
Though The Blind Side star Sandra Bullock circled back to a pivotal role in Will Gluck's remake of Annie after initially turning the project down, a deal could not be struck a second time around. Now Columbia Pictures has closed a deal for Cameron Diaz to take the role in the new take on the classical musical which features Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Jamie Foxx as a character named Benjamin Stacks, a New York City mayoral candidate that's essentially a new variation on the Daddy Warbucks character. For those just joining us, details on Diaz's character can be found below.
Deadline reports Diaz will be playing Miss Hannigan, the overbearing mean woman who runs the orphanage where Annie and her friends live. Carol Burnett filled those shoes in the 1982 film, and while Diaz's dramatic efforts haven't been as impressive as Bullock's, her comedic talents are quite strong. This shouldn't be too difficult of a role for Diaz, as it's not too far removed from her role as a rude, crude teacher in the aptly titled Bad Teacher, which Columbia Pictures had decided to follow-up with a sequel. Thoughts?