Watch: Quvenzhané Wallis Has a Hard Knock Life in 'Annie' Trailer

March 5, 2014
Source: Yahoo


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?

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  • Primo
    I honestly don't think it looks that bad for their target market at least... It'll be fun for the kids
    • doasis23
      You know what's fun for kid's? The original. This looks like a pile of crap. Especially Diaz.
      • Primo
        Well not all kids can relate to the original...
        • doasis23
          Of course not. Most kids are not brought up in orphanages or adopted by millionaires.
          • iamNotLegend
    The Rock did a movie that was literally the same exact concept as what this is trying to do.
  • Duane
    hold on... was this the same 'Annie' Willow Smith was rumored to do?
  • Kels
    I like it. Looks good to me.
  • Astroboy3000
    i would rather have acid thrown in my eyes than have to watch this cinematic equivalent to whale vomit.
    • davidshaw
      Somehow I suspect that's hyperbole.
      • Astroboy3000
        well…. maybe citric acid. ya know, orange juice? no pulp though.
  • Ryan Thomas Hardy
    Thank you Hollywood once again for churning out another pile of turd. You sure do know what your audience wants. You know why blame Hollywood, just blame the thousands of dumb idiots that Hollywood does it for. The red n fat society that doesn't appreciate classics but would more appreciate a brick of shit gift wrapped. Everyone who contributed to the making of this film, I would advice them to kindly lock themselves in a closet for the rest of their lives. And why is Cameron Diaz still acting? That includes the largely untalented Jamie Foxx.
  • Lin Group
    Kind of funny how all your aunts and uncles seem get be making the big bucks while you're stuck online posting ad spams. What do you make, like a nickel for every thousand posts? If you really want to make money using your hands, maybe give circle jerk bros a call, Im sure they are always looking for new talent.
    • davidshaw
      Psst, it's probably not a real account.
      • Lin Group
        Well yeah, of course its a fake account. I guess I needed the /s at the end.
  • davidshaw
    Why does everyone have to be so god damned cynical and hateful all the time? Sure, this is a needless remake, it doesn't look like anything special, and I'm not going to see it, but I bet kids are gonna love it and it'll be a successful family movie. What good does spitting all this vitriol and hate do? All thing anger just makes the world a worse place, and over what, a movie? Come on humanity, you can do better than this.
    • Astroboy3000
      i'm cynical and hateful because you're right, this probably will be successful. And a world that will embrace this with a chorus of "awww, how cute" and millions of dollars deserves to be met with some cynicism and hate.
      • davidshaw
        That's just downright negative. Just because it's a movie you're not interested in doesn't mean nobody will be interested in it. There's a huge audience that will enjoy and appreciate this, and while I'm absolutely not among them I see no problem with that.
        • Astroboy3000
          EXACTLY! that's the problem! that there is a huge audience who will enjoy this, thus allowing the bar to be set even lower. negativity isn't a necessarily a bad thing, sometimes it's the only valid response.
          • davidshaw
            But negativity does nothing for your state of mind but lower it. You can be angry about movies that you have no control over or you can just ignore them and lead a happier life. Good movies are still being made by the people that care, even if they don't have studio backing. Go watch those and ignore this one. I just don't see what hating something like this gains anyone.
    • Movies can be made for kids and families and still be something special and substantial. They don't have to be heartless, unoriginal, boring and generic. "Come on humanity, you can do better than this." That's exactly what I think when I see a trailer like this.
      • davidshaw
        It's just a trailer, you don't know if it's any of those things yet.
        • You're right. And I always hope a movie can prove me wrong. But this trailer doesn't look good, and this was a remake that I defended when people got bent out of shape about it when the news was first announced.
  • SkyNet300
    Yikes this looks so bad.
  • Awww was so entranced by that magic. Waaay better than the original.
  • ali3000
    They keep giving Diaz work, and she keeps accepting.
    • JC
      Seriously. Liked all of the casting choices here except Diaz. She just ruins the whole thing.
  • DeniScribe
    My honest reaction to this film/trailer. And remember, I'm just being honest: CRINGE It might be good and it might not. Who knows. At this point, I don't think I want to see it but that could change one day when I'm bored out of my skull and it's up for download on one of those illegal sites.




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