Those who haven’t yet been to see the most recent Broadway revival of Annie might want to buy up tickets now, as its year-and-a-bit-long run is coming to a close in early January. For those who can’t afford the ticket price (or don’t live close enough to New York), there’s no need to despair, as Annie is also coming to the big screen next year in a new adaptation from Easy A director Will Gluck.
With filming on Annie now underway, images of the actors on set and fitting into their roles have begun to emerge. Cameron Diaz, who is playing the Hudson Street Orphanage’s cruel overseer Miss Hannigan, tweeted a photo of herself in heavy make-up with the caption, “I want you to meet someone. Her name is Ms. Hannigan. She ain’t nice and she ain’t pretty.” Well, that’s about half right.
For a better look at the whole ensemble (including the rest of that fabulous fuzzy sweater), the Daily Mail has photos from the on location shoot in New York City this week, in which Diaz compliments the look with some denim hotpants and some laddered tights and plenty of jewellery.
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The set photos also show young star Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays little orphan Annie, filming what looks like the scene of her leaving the Hudson Street Orphanage as Miss Hannigan gives her a “friendly” send-off. Wallis is just 10 years old but has already received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, after her role in 2012 drama Beasts of the Southern Wild. It’s a thankfully solid casting choice, especially considering the original choice was producer Will Smith’s daughter Willow Smith; no offence to her, but last time she was handed a celebrity career it didn’t go well.
It’s only a brief glimpse into proceedings, but already Annie is looking ideal for a contemporized version of the Tony Award-winning musical. Producer Jay-Z hasn’t mentioned any specifics about whether the music will be updated in the same style as his 1998 hit “Hark Knock Life,” but if the rest of the film is being remodeled for 2013 then it would make sense to do the same for the songs.
Annie feels like it’s going to be 2014′s Les Misérables, in the sense that we really hope it’s going to be good, but it’s difficult to tell without seeing (and hearing) some of it first-hand. Maybe it will be great, though. Maybe…
Annie will be in theaters on Christmas Day 2014.