8:45 pm EDT, March 5, 2014

First ‘Annie’ trailer released starring Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Quvenzhané Wallis

The first trailer for the Annie remake has been released. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Quvenzhané Wallis.

In the upcoming remake of the classic musical Annie, the title role will be played by Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest person to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. Miss Hannigan will be played by Cameron Diaz and Benjamin Stacks (“Daddy” Warbucks) will be played by Jamie Foxx.

The first trailer for Annie just debuted. Check it out:

In the trailer, it’s made very clear that this is a modern day retelling of the classic musical. Jamie Foxx’s Benjamin Stacks (the “Daddy” Warbucks character) is running for mayor, and it’s made clear to him that adopting Annie will help his political career.

With a slew of references to the musical but with a modern day twist, this Annie looks to have decent promise.

It was nice to hear the show’s two most famous songs so early on: “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”

Annie will be released on December 19.

Official synopsis:

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

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