Thanks to the folks over at Playbill, we have some new details about the upcoming Annie remake, starring Quvenzhane Wallis. And, apparently, just as it was announced that Jamie Foxx would play a variation of Daddy Warbucks, a character named Benjamin Stacks (how appropriate!), the casting notice also reveals that other character’s names will be changed for the remake – including, the title character!
The synopsis from the casting notice states that the Columbia Pictures film will center around…
“an 11-year-old foster child named Isabella, who dreams of a better life involving a “no-limit credit card and shopping sprees galore,” and an eight-year-old child named Mia, who has a slight speech impediment. “
Clearly, the film’s producers are taking some creative liberties with the script, and aren’t married to the source material. Looks like this film won’t simply be a black version of Annie but a totally new spin on the classic.
Production is now set to begin in August, in New York City, according to Playbill, so get ready to see pap shots of the actors on set in costumes. We can’t wait to see Jamie dressed up in his Daddy Warbucks gear.
Will & Jada Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, in partnership with Jay-Z (who’ll be working on the soundtrack) are producing. The long-in-development remake of the Broadway musical will be released by Sony Pictures on December 25, 2014.