Sandra Bullock Getting Musical for Will Gluck's New Take on 'Annie'
Sony and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment are filling out the cast of their new adaptation of the classic musical Annie, which also has rapper Jay-Z aboard as a producer and Easy A director Will Gluck at the helm. Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhane Wallis is taking the titular role with this spin on the story that is said to be geared towards African American audiences, and Jamie Foxx is playing a character named Benjamin Stacks, a New York City mayoral candidate that's essentially a variation on the Daddy Warbucks character. And now Sandra Bullock is said to be circling one of the pivotal roles. More below!
The Wrap reports that Bullock initially turned down an offer to star in the film, but the actress is now back in talks to play Miss Hannigan, the overbearing mean woman who runs the orphanage where Annie and her friends reside. Carol Burnett filled those shows in the 1982 film, and Bullock fills the producers' desire to have an actress with similar comedic talents and also an appeal overseas. Funnily enough, an African American audience was what helped Bullock's The Blind Side become such a surprise hit, so maybe they'll turn out to see her again in this fresh take on Annie. Gluck recently revised the script by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna and is hoping to shoot this fall.