Rose Byrne is one of those brilliant, insanely talented actresses who is (sadly) often overlooked or underappreciated because she so seamlessly loses herself in every role she plays. From drama to horror to comedy, she can do it all -- and now she's poised to add musicals to her resume.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Byrne is in talks to join the Jay Z (now short a hyphen) and Will Smith-produced remake of "Annie" as Grace, the assistant to Jamie Foxx's reimagined Daddy Warbucks (the character has apparently been renamed Benjamin Stacks). Warbucks/Stacks is New York millionaire who takes in Annie, an orphan.
Byrne is the latest to jump aboard the already star-stacked project, which also stars Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and tiny Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild" in the title role.
Looking back through Byrne's filmography will undoubtedly amaze anyone who thinks she's just a pretty face. The actress has been consistently excellent in a wide variety of movies, everything from Danny Boyle's trippy sci-fi odyssey "Sunshine" to the period superhero movie "X-Men: First Class" to James Wan's ghost story "Insidious," Judd Apatow laughers "Get Him to the Greek" and "Bridesmaids," and this year's dark drama "The Place Beyond the Pines."
"Annie" is scheduled for release next Christmas, where it will come up against at least one other high-profile musical -- Disney's "Into the Woods," which stars Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Donna Murphy, Tracey Ullman, Anna Kendrick, Alison Janney, and Chris Pine. The little orphan could face even more of a challenge if Clint Eastwood's forthcoming adaptation of Broadway favorite "Jersey Boys" also makes it to screens around the same time.