Watch: Quvenzhané Wallis Has a Hard Knock Life in 'Annie' Trailer
After a breakthrough performance in the Best Picture nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, young actress Quvenzhané Wallis is getting musical in this contemporary adaptation of the classic musical Annie. With a story that puts the adorable orphan in the care of Will Stacks, just in time to help his New York mayoral campaign, everything about this updated, urban on the material feels too phony, and so do Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. Wallis is cute as Annie, and she's certainly grown up a bit since her indie debut, but this film doesn't look like anything special, and the singing sounds way too artificially poppy. Watch?
Here's the first trailer for Will Gluck's remake of Annie, originally from Yahoo:
Annie is directed by Will Gluck (Easy A) who also wrote the screenplay with Alice Brosh McKenna (We Bought a Zoo, The Devil Wears Prada) and Emma Thompson. Putting a modern spin on the classic musical, the film follows Annie, 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, it’s been a hard knock life living under mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) makes a thinly-veiled campaign move to take her in. Sony Pictures has slated the musical remake for release December 19th. Anyone like it?