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Cameron Diaz Takes 'Annie' Remake Role Instead of Sandra Bullock

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June 27, 2013

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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?

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments

1

Still could be good. Diaz's face has not held up well.

DAVIDPD on Jun 27, 2013

2

Diaz can only perform the "ditzy girl" role. It does not look like this role falls in into that category. I call fail.

Brian Sleider on Jun 27, 2013

3

That is exactly what this role is, a ditzy girl who's extremely mean and selfish.

MattPeloquin on Jun 27, 2013

4

Miss Hannigan is no where described as "Ditzy" she is mean and hateful.

Brian Sleider on Jun 27, 2013

5

She was played as extremely dumb and gullible in the two Annie plays I've seen. Anyone else have an opinion? It may just have been those particular actors take on the character.

MattPeloquin on Jun 27, 2013

6

Lily (Rooster's girlfriend) was usually the ditzy one. Miss Hannigan was the malicious orphanage matron.

Emma on Jun 27, 2013

7

She's a bit old to play Annie.

Carpola on Jun 27, 2013

8

fuck this movie

John on Jun 27, 2013

9

This looks great!

Chris627 on Jun 27, 2013

10

I wouldn't be too quick to judge, this was probably the role she was look for a chance to shine and show her real talent..Personally i think she has been typecast in most of her movies and this why alot of people can't see her playing the role very well.

Sandra on Jun 27, 2013

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