Oscar-nominated child actress Quvenzhané Wallis shines as the famous film orphan in the teaser trailer of Annie, which was finally unveiled on Wednesday. The highly anticipated film is due to hit theaters on Christmas Day.
Fans of the hit musical Annie who have been waiting for the 2014 remake can finally stop holding their breath. The trailer of the hip-hop influenced film version features scenes of Wallis with co-stars Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx. Diaz plays the role of ruthless and alcoholic Miss Hannigan, while Foxx plays the role of Will Stacks, a character based on the Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks of the Broadway musical and 1982 film.
While the new Annie has a very similar plot to the original movie, it tells a story that is set in a more modern period and a different locale. Audiences are expected to relate more to the updated setting, which features a bustling New York City and a reference to the social media giant, Facebook. The iconic song and dance numbers, however, are very much present in the film.
The remake, which is co-produced by two of the biggest names in hip-hop, Jay Z and Will Smith, was initially set to feature Smith’s daughter Willow as Annie. Wallis entered the picture when Willow dropped out of the project in 2013 when director Will Gluck was chosen as the film’s director.
Wallis first turned heads in Hollywood when she starred in the dramatic film Beasts of the Southern Wild as the lead character Hushpuppy. She was nominated in the 2012 Academy Awards for this role, currently making her the youngest Oscar nominee for Best Actress. It was also Wallis’ first major acting job, in which she was said to have lied about her age during the audition. Wallis also starred in the 2013 historical film 12 Years a Slave, which won Best Picture in the 2014 Academy Awards.
Annie: Official Trailer
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