Cameron Diaz is cast as Miss Hannigan in Annie film

Jun 27, 2013 at 9:01 p.m. ET

Annie officially has its Miss Hannigan! Cameron Diaz was announced late Wednesday as the boozy head of the orphanage in the reboot of the 1982 film.


Leapin' Lizards, Annie, Miss Hannigan has officially been cast! In the upcoming remake of the film version of Annie, Cameron Diaz has accepted the role as the boozy head of the orphanage.

The news was a surprise to many in the entertainment industry because Sandra Bullock had long been rumored to be in the running for the juicy role. The news was announced on late Wednesday by Deadline Hollywood that Bullock passed on the film and Diaz jumped onboard.

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The remake of the classic orphan film is being produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z. The movie was originally developed as a vehicle for Smith's daughter, Willow, but she pulled out in order to focus on just being a kid.

In January, at a public appearance with author Sister Soulja, Smith explained why his daughter left the film.

The After Earth actor shared “Willow was supposed to be doing Annie, we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with ‘Whip my Hair' and she said, ‘You know, Daddy, I don't think so' and I said, ‘Baby, hold up! I said no,no,no, listen, you'll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,' and she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.'”

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Stepping into the coveted role is Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis with Jamie Foxx joining the cast as Daddy Warbucks. The remake, with the previously announced cast and Diaz, makes for some less-than-conventional casting.

Diaz might not seem like the obvious choice to sing the drunken version of "Little Girls", but she has played mean and nasty before in 2011's Bad Teacher. Hopefully, the Charlie's Angels actress will sing a little more on-key than her character in 1997's My Best Friend's Wedding.

The cast will begin production this fall. Annie is scheduled to hit the big screen Christmas 2014.

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