A remake of the Broadway and West End classics that made spunky stereotypes of all red-haired freckle-faced girls everywhere is about to hit theaters on Dec. 19, 2014.
This version of “Annie,” the musical dramedy, is directed by Will Gluck of “Easy A” and “Friends with Benefits” fame. It stars Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx as reinvented Daddy Warbucks character, Will Stacks; Academy Award winner, Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie; Venice Film Festival award winner, Rose Byrne as Stacks’ personal assistant, Grace; and New York Film Critics Best Lead Actress award winner (and Princess Fiona herself), Cameron Diaz, as the alcoholic, neurotic Miss Hannigan.
With a multiawarded all-star cast, will this remake of “Annie” see the sun come out tomorrow?
This contemporary adaptation is based on one of the longest running theater musicals of the same name, which in turn derived from the 1924 “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip created by Harold Gray.
It is in fact the fourth film attempting to break new ground following the runaway hit originally brought to you by Columbia Pictures in 1982. Today’s “Annie” features a mostly black ensemble, perhaps in a bid to be more politically correct toward an oft overlooked segment of society. A shout out to “The Wiz” and “Dreamgirls,” anyone?
Fans of 1982’s “Annie” may be disappointed to note that some of their beloved songs from the earlier movie, like “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Little Girls” and “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” feature altered lyrics to find more relatable ground in this modern setting. Even the favourite “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” has been relegated to background music because, of course, in contemporary New York, no one ever really smiles these days.
Also absent are 1982 “Annie’s” antagonists Rooster and his wife Lily (played by the inimitable Tim Curry and critically acclaimed theater actress, Bernadette Peters). Will Miss Hannigan end up the villain here? Will she be shackled in chains to an asylum? Will she absolve herself in this latest remake?
So gird your loins musical theater fans and check out the trailer below to see if you really want to head out to the movies on Dec. 19, 2014 before the Christmas rush hits town:
There you have it for the latest scoop on “Annie,” the 2014 musical comedy-drama film. For more movie updates, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Georges Biard