Sunday, 17 November 2013

First look at Cameron Diaz in Annie

Those accustomed to more alluring images of Cameron Diaz may wish to avert their gazes from this story in favour of happier times. Her entrance in The Mask, say, or wearing Spiderman skimpies for Charlie's Angels. Those of a less shallow persuasion, however, might enjoy this first look at Diaz in costume as Annie's Agatha Hannigan.

Note the 'H Bomb' necklace. We certainly don't remember that on Carol Burnett.

Hannigan is, of course, the matron of the orphanage that plays home to little Annie. She likes a drink or three but hates children. Diaz' turn in Bad Teacher should certainly stand her in some sort of stead here, although that didn't quite prepare her for having to sing.

Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild) is playing Annie, with Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (the Daddy Warbucks role), Rose Byrne as the sympathetic Grace Farrell, and further support from Bobby Cannavale and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Will Gluck (Friends With Benefits) is helming the adaption, who also had a hand in the screenplay, which had previously been worked on by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna.

Will Smith and Jay-Z are the drivers behind the film (Smith had originally seen the film as a starring gig for his daughter Willow), and is shooting right now for a release next Christmas.

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