'Annie,' Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Sets Oscar-Friendly Release Date for December 2014

by Beth Hanna
September 24, 2013 1:39 PM
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Quvenzhane Wallis on the set of "Annie"

Columbia Pictures has changed the release date of upcoming musical film "Annie," starring Quvenzhane Wallis (Oscar nominated for 2012's "Beasts of the Southern Wild"). It is now slated for December 18, 2014. Wallis could very well be an Oscar contender in next year's race.

So what's the competition that December? Scheduled to open December 12 is Ridley Scott's biblical "Exodus" and Brad Bird's sci-fi fantasy "Tomorrowland," and on December 17 is "The Hobbit: There and Back Again (3-D/2-D theaters and IMAX 3-D). Sony is probably trying to get away from another mighty musical, Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" on December 25,  which also brings "Night at the Museum 3" and Angelina Jolie's World War II drama "Unbroken." 

"Annie" is a modern telling of the Tony-winning classic musical, set in Harlem and directed by Will Gluck ("Easy A," "Friends with Benefits"). Gluck is currently working on a new pass of the film's screenplay, which was penned by actress Emma Thompson and then rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Cinderella").

Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale and his Emmy date Rose Byrne also star. Will and Jada Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, in partnership with Jay-Z (who, per Shadow and Act, will be working on the soundtrack), are producing.

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  • Brian | September 24, 2013 2:56 PMReply

    "Wallis could very well be an Oscar contender in next year's race."

    They haven't even FILMED the damn thing yet. Don't you think you should wait till it's finished and someone has actually SEEN it before you make such an absurd statement? This whole thing could turn out to be a huge, dripping, pustular turd. And the kid could give new meaning to the word "insufferable."

  • lola | September 24, 2013 1:52 PMReply

    sorry but the star of the film is Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan who you failed to mention in the article.

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