A story about a foster kid who lives with her cruel foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.
Sandra Bullock was originally considered to play Miss Hannigan, but she declined the role. Cameron Diaz then signed on to replace Bullock.
This is the musical debut for the following people: writer/director Will Gluck, producers Jay-Z and Will Smith, writer Emma Thompson, and actors Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne.
Justin Timberlake was allegedly considered to play Benjamin Stacks (a.k.a. Daddy Warbucks). However, Jamie Foxx was signed to play the role.
The film was originally envisioned by Will Smith as a star vehicle for his daughter Willow Smith; however, she had to drop out because she had become too old to play Annie. 'Quvenzhane Wallis', just off her tremendous success with Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), was chosen to replace Willow Smith in the role of Annie.
Early on, Ryan Murphy, following the great success of his show Glee (2009), was considered to direct the film. He declined the opportunity.
Unlike the other film adaptations of Annie, producers Jay-Z and Will Smith envisioned this version as "a modern re-imagining of a beloved musical".
This is the third motion picture adaptation of Strouse and Charnin's Annie. The first was director John Huston's original big-screen version (Annie (1982)), in which star Albert Finney did a wicked vocal impersonation of Huston. The second was Rob Marshall's well-regarded but less faithful adaptation (Annie (1999)).
Sony Pictures Entertainment, owner of Columbia Pictures, slated Annie (2014) for a December 19, 2014, release, where it will face big competition from an another film musical, Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (2014), directed by Rob Marshall and made by Walt Disney Pictures. Rob Marshall and Walt Disney Pictures collaborated with Columbia Pictures on the successful and well-regarded Annie (1999) in 1999.
This is the second musical film for Jamie Foxx since Dreamgirls (2006) and Bobby Cannavale since Romance & Cigarettes (2005).
This is the first time that Will Smith and Emma Thompson have collaborated since they appeared together in Men in Black 3 (2012), which was also produced by Columbia Pictures.
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