Yesterday we got a look at the poster for the new, Will Smith and Jay-Z-spearheaded version of warbling orphan musical Annie, which was the herald for this first trailer. To get a proper flavour for what the new version of the story looks like, take a gander below.
In what could be called a remix of the 1981 film, this Annie finds Beasts Of The Southern Wild’s breakout young star Quvenzhané Wallis as the titular moppet, this time a foster child in a home run by the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). The idea that her parents might be out there somewhere adds a little spice to the tale, even as the trailer appears to give most of the story’s turns away (for the three people who didn't already know what's coming).
The updates continue beyond Annie’s situation and the modern-day setting, with Jamie Foxx as tough-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks in place of the original Daddy Warbucks, who meets our heroine and decides that being seen to help her would in turn boost his campaign. What he doesn’t count on is Annie slowly softening his heart. And after all, who could see that coming?
Rose Byrne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Bobby Cannavale round out the cast for his one with Easy A director Will Gluck re-writing the script and calling the shots. It’ll arrive on our screens on January 6 next year.