Produced by Will Smith and stars Jamie Foxx stars as a New York Mayoral candidate and Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role of Annie. Adapted from a broadway classic.

Annie has the danger of being too simple and cute but towards the end of the trailer there is hope of a more sophisticated movie.

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Annie (2014) – Official Information


A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer.

The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.

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.

Cast includes Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas and Cameron Diaz

Directed by Will Gluck with a Screenplay by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna and based on the musical stage play “Annie” of a Book by Thomas Meehan

Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Martin Charnin. And on “Little Orphan Annie”: © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Produced by James Lassiter, Will Gluck, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith. Executive Producer Celia Costas.


Annie (2014) – Theatrical Release dates

Australia: December 18, 2014
US and Canada: December 19, 2014
New Zealand: January 8, 2015
UK: February 6, 2015

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online