The big-screen revamp of "Annie," set to star "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role of the precocious orphan, has scored its Miss Hannigan: Cameron Diaz has just joined the Columbia Pictures project, reports Deadline.
For a while it looked like Sandra Bullock was going to step into the role, but she ultimately passed. Now it's Diaz's time to shine.
The musical remake is being produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z, who famously sampled a tune from "Annie" for his 1998 smash single "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)," and will be directed by Will Gluck, of "Easy A" and "Friends With Benefits" fame. "Annie" began as a comic strip before going onto a seemingly endless life as a musical, both on the stage and in a series of remakes, the most recent of which was a made-for-TV joint by Disney.
"Annie" will be released next Christmas, where it will come face-to-face with another highly anticipated big-screen musical: Disney's star-studded Stephen Sondheim adaptation "Into the Woods," starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Blunt, Tracy Ullman, and Christine Baranski.