"Annie" gets a major makeover in the trailer for theQuvenzhané Wallis-starring reboot, with Jamie Foxx as a Daddy Warbucks-like figure running for mayor, Rose Byrne as his assistant/love interest and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan. Diaz makes a significantly more glamorous Miss Hannigan than Carol Burnett did back in the 1982 film - buteveryone looks quite a bit less grimy in the 2014 version. Probably because instead of the Great Depression, it takes place in the modern day.
I'd like to think that this was piercing social commentary on the way today's income inequality mirrors the poverty of the Great Depression, but I suspect they just wanted an excuse to let Annie ride in a helicopter. Not to worry, though - "Annie" is still "Annie." The story's treacly optimism has survived intact. Annie now lives in a foster home instead of an orphanage, and her rendition of "Tomorrow" sounds awfully autotuned, but I still teared up during the trailer. Darn it, I just love singing orphans so much.
Though "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Wallis makes an adorable Annie, the role wasn't originally intended for her - producer Will Smith planned to make his daughter Willow the star, but Willow declined.“I just wanted to chill and be at home and decompress and just find out what I want to do and where I stand on this planet, with the little tiny place we have,” she explained.