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Watch: First Trailer For Musical 'Annie' Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx & Cameron Diaz

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 5, 2014 6:53 PM
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What happens when Jay-Z and Will Smith get together to do something? Whatever the hell they want, and they decided to use their producing powers to bring orphan "Annie" back to the big screen. The first trailer is here to show you that a lot has changed since the 1982 original.

"Beasts Of The Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis takes the lead role, Jamie Foxx plays the rich Benjamin Stacks (ha), Cameron Diaz is the mean Miss Hannigan, with Rose Byrne and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje rounding things out. And leading the charge behind the camera is "Easy A" director Will Gluck in his biggest, most ambitious gig yet. Here's the official synopsis: 

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.

So, is it a hard knock life for this movie or will the sun come out tomorrow? Sorry about that, you know we had to. "Annie" opens on Christmas Day. Watch below. Update 4/14: Here's the international version of the trailer plus a few new pics.

Annie Poster

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  • oogle monster | April 14, 2014 2:51 PMReply

    Honest question repeated after watching the international trailer: Did Cameron Diaz forgot how to act?

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  • KitCat | March 6, 2014 4:24 PMReply

    So cool, does it mean last christmas or this christmas?

  • Rusty | March 6, 2014 10:15 AMReply

    In all honesty though, the one thing I have to hand this movie is it doesn't include a child star scream your chords out or trying to be something she isn't. The movie provides a good role model for kids... on the other hand, part of me is a traditionalist and I just don't see the need for it. Be interesting to see.... and, personal opinion, Cameron Diaz is a hot mess.

  • Whodat | March 6, 2014 9:22 AMReply

    Hurray!! Another barrier broken. Now we just need a remake of Shaft staring Ben Affleck.

  • Alexander | March 6, 2014 8:18 AMReply

    I see nothing egregious about this.. Updating a film like this isn't as criminal as an old golden era tv show, like say 'the honeymooners' that someone had mentioned below, it's a musical.. It seems likes it'll be fun to those open to it, thought provoking? Earth shattering? Of course not, I'm shocked to read all the vitriol in this comment section. Have I grown soft for Quevenzhane? This film could be cookie cutter, generic and soulless.. But I am slow to assume so

  • Dryer | March 6, 2014 6:52 AMReply

    I was out the minute I heard Diazs off beat screech - she reminds me of Betty Davis in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane. How she's still working is anybody guess.

  • Hannah | March 6, 2014 3:58 AMReply

    Remember,"The Wiz"? I smell the stench of death on this film.

  • Hannah | March 6, 2014 3:39 AMReply

    Looks like crap, but it's gotta be better than anything Jim Carrey's done in the past 15 years.

  • Sparky | March 6, 2014 3:00 AMReply

    It looks awful, but it also looks amazing and I'm very conflicted.

    but really... i'm just here for Quvenzhane.

  • Jimmie | March 6, 2014 3:54 AM

    lol, I agree. (& Me too)

  • Jimmie | March 6, 2014 3:54 AM

    lol, I agree. (& Me too)

  • Jimmie | March 6, 2014 3:53 AM

    lol, I agree. (& Me too)

  • Glass | March 6, 2014 2:05 AMReply

    This looks lame to me, but if I were 8-12 years old, I'd be ALL over it. I can respect it...

  • dflah159 | March 6, 2014 12:26 AMReply

    honestly does hollywood have to remake every movie or change historic characters to be black now? 1. how bout make some original badass movies with black actors and 2. how bout hispanic, indian, asian, native american indian characters/actors. I guess that isn't the type of "Diversity" hollywood wants.

  • Dryer | March 6, 2014 7:01 AM

    That's not actually the most disturbing aspect-it's the marketing behind it. The finished product is always subpar, the biggest example would be The Honeymooners. A reason why these fail is because there's no heart behind it

  • Chris | March 6, 2014 12:59 AM

    People like you are why cancer exists.

  • Funny | March 6, 2014 12:21 AMReply

    Okay - what I find "interesting" and a little disturbing is that this is a trailer geared towards young children, and on my page, there is pictures of a lady ummmm....unmentionabling? promoting a movie by the name of "Nymph()Maniac" ..... um ........

  • d | March 6, 2014 1:48 AM

    this isn't a kid's website...

  • garut | March 5, 2014 10:06 PMReply

    Lots of vitriol... Honestly, this looks sweet. Obv not meant for the cynical 20-somethings that populate the playlist comments. Corny as can be and not exactly consummately put together, but I expect it'll play decently with families

  • dr phil | March 5, 2014 10:38 PM

    go home garut, you're drunk.

  • Oogle monster | March 5, 2014 8:40 PMReply

    Honest question: Did Cameron Diaz forget how to act?

  • ames | March 6, 2014 12:24 AM

    @Travis- no, I blame her. Look at Carol Burnett in the original movie. She took every line- terrible or not- and made it gold. The problem with Cameron Diaz is that she's still trying to be 'Cameron Diaz, America's Sweetheart' underneath it all. Miss Hannigan is a straight-up mess. Commit to it totally, and it works.

  • Travis | March 5, 2014 8:52 PM

    I don't blame her. I blame the script. No one can make those lines sound good

  • Hawkeye | March 5, 2014 7:47 PMReply

    Wow. It's like they did everything they possibly could to butcher the original musical. Probably couldn't set the bar low enough to be able to enjoy it.

  • Yarnguy | March 6, 2014 10:43 PM

    Amen to that. This looks beyond horrible.

  • daniel | March 5, 2014 7:04 PMReply

    this trailer is why negative hyperbole was invented.

  • Annie's Fanniepack | March 5, 2014 6:57 PMReply

    Christ, the only good thing you could say is that at least it isn't Willow Smith...

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