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Justin Timberlake Reportedly Might Be Daddy Warbucks In Quvenzhané Wallis' 'Annie' Remake

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 19, 2013 1:23 PM
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Daddy Warbucks
Justin Timberlake is reportedly a top candidate to play Daddy Warbucks in the upcoming remake of Annie, according to the New York Post.

The long-in-development remake of the Broadway musical, which will star Quvenzhané Wallis, is produced by Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partners, Jada Pinkett Smith, and James Lassiter

, while Jay-Z (also a producer) will score the film.

Coincidentally or not, Jay-Z is going on tour with Justin Timberlake this summer.

Now I'm not an expert on the Annie story, but isn't Daddy Warbucks supposed to be an older gentleman? Someone in his 50s, who also happens to be filthy rich, and is usually bald? Timberlake certainly has the "filthy rich" part down, and I guess he could always shave his head for the role, but he's definitely nowhere near 50 years old, nor does he look like he could be.

Of course, the film's producers might be taking some creative liberties with the story, and aren't married to the source material. So the casting of Timberlake could be one of those creative choices.

We'll find out eventually if he is cast in the film.

In past film adaptations of Annie, Warbucks has been played by the likes of Albert Finney and Victor Garber, who both were in their late 40s/early 50s when they played the role, and also shaved their heads for it.

Sony Pictures has set an official release date for Annie, for December 25, 2014.

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  • Alex | March 19, 2013 4:59 PMReply

    OMG. look at the source guys, it's Page Six. Sony denied it. JT's new album is out today, he has to do a stadium tour, arena tour, international tour, promote a movie called Runner Runner in September with Ben Affleck and a movie called Inside Llewyn Davis, oh, a SECOND album in November, 20/20 Vol.2 which he still has to record. There's no way this is true. Please, don't spread fake rumours.

  • ALM | March 19, 2013 9:05 PM

    Is that why the tracklisting for 20/20 seems edited? Another volume is coming this year?

  • Nadell | March 19, 2013 2:29 PMReply

    How is he getting soo many roles as of late?

  • Jason | March 19, 2013 2:27 PMReply

    Timberlake sucks as an actor

  • blaqbird | March 19, 2013 2:25 PMReply

    If this happens, I SWEATER GAWD!!!!

  • Ashley | March 19, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    Personally, I wish they went older. Liam Neeson would be great (he doesn't need to shave his head). I really like the character he played in A-Team. He brought some of the playfulness in that movie. He is so talented and I really think he could be perfect teacher for her acting wise.

  • Ashley | March 20, 2013 3:01 AM

    @Urbanauteur If it was 20 years ago, maybe Sean Connery. Personally, I have a list of Actors I want to play Warbucks. You will see from the list that this list goes across all racial lines. Personally if I was in charge of casting I would be calling everyone on this list for auditions but sadly I'm not.
    Here's my list:

    Andre Braugher
    Liam Neeson
    Daniel Dae Kim
    Patrick Stewart
    Ernie Hudson
    Terry O'Quinn
    BD Wong
    Ron Perlman
    Mark Consuelos
    Kenneth Choi
    Edward Olmos
    and for kicks Danny Trejo.

    I do agree with Robert Wisdom but I will also throw in Idris Elba, only cause he is fine. Maybe we can throw in Hugh Jackman since he is amazing at the song and dance thing. He is also a good actor.

  • urbanauteur | March 19, 2013 3:36 PM

    if they must go white then i'll go with Sean Connery..? or if they really want to go wild and/or Black, then i'll go with ROBERT(the wire) WISDOM;-)?

  • sosgemini | March 19, 2013 2:12 PMReply

    So when the film flops, he won't take any responsibility and put all the blame on Ms. Quvenzhane Wallis, ehh?

    Yes, I'm still pissed at him for punking out on Janet.

  • ALM | March 19, 2013 9:04 PM

    @ Sosogemini: LOL!!!

  • Kai | March 19, 2013 2:10 PMReply

    Oh god, please don't let this be true.
    Why can't will do it himself? He would be far better and much more authentic

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