Jay-Z’s ‘Annie‘ remake will be released on Christmas Day 2014.
Young Quvenzhané Wallis will be playing the lead and has already been nominated for an Oscar for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, losing out to Jennifer Lawrence this Sunday. (But who’s looking on top now huh!)
Jay-Z is producing the movie, alongside Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Originally, Willow Smith was going to take the role of the famous orphan Annie, but has been considered to have outgrown the character.
Directing will be down to Will Gluck, who’s back catalogue includes Friends with Benefits and Easy A and is already revising a script with input from Emma Thompson and The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter, Aline Brosh McKenna.
Jay-Z is rumored to write up some new songs for the remake and who knows; with the story already set in New York City a rendition of his duet with Alicia Keys could be the table. We’ll be taking any bets now then…