Sony, Overbrook Entertainment (Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, James Lassiter) and Jay-Z will finally begin to see the fruits of their labor pay off as the attempt to launch a remake of Annie begin to take off. With the cast beginning to take shape (Quvenzhané Wallis landed the lead already), the focus has shifted to the other key role of Daddy Warbucks, which was still up for grabs.
Until now, that is, because it seems as if Jamie Foxx is intent on taking up as many diverse, juicy and box office commanding roles this year. Foxx already has Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Sony and White House Down, where he’ll play the President of the United States of America (September 6).
The casting appears to be a fitting move for Annie, which is angling towards a Hip-Hop flavored update (Jay-Z is set to score the picture), as Foxx has been offered the role of Benjamin Stacks. No, he’s not the illegitimate brother to Andre 3000, this Stacks will serve as the Warbucks for the new millennium. Foxx’s character will be the person who takes Annie in and gets her away from the horrible orphanage in the hood, all assuming that he makes a deal with the studio.
Director Will Gluck also came aboard in January to helm and re-write the script that has already seen edits and revision from Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna. Annie is slated to begin shooting later this year and is aimed at a 2014 release date.