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TRAILER: Quvenzhané Wallis dazzles as the new Annie

Quvenzhané Wallis is the latest star to tackle Little Orphan Annie. This winter, she’ll introduce the classic musical to a new generation.


Photo credit: Sony Pictures

The new-and-improved Annie is here. Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Will Gluck’s (Easy A) remake of the popular musical. This version features Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role, alongside Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx as the wealthy Benjamin Stacks.

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This interpretation has earned lots of attention because of its contemporary influences. The classic soundtrack is revamped by the production styles of Jay-Z, who’s also one of the film’s producers. This is the third feature adaptation behind the 1982 original and the 1999 made-for-TV movie.

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Annie is based on the Broadway musical, which in turn was adapted from the comic strip, Little Orphan Annie. The film is a modern retelling of the young girl’s childhood as she’s adopted by a politician who uses her to gain public favor. Cameron Diaz also appears as Miss Hannigan, the vicious owner of the orphanage where Annie was raised.

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The trailer gives us a taste of the updated story and its new music. In 1998, Jay-Z was praised for sampling the musical’s “It’s the Hard Knock Life” in one of his songs. To date, it remains one of his most-successful singles. We can’t wait to hear what he’s done with the rest of the catalog.

Check out the first theatrical trailer for Annie below:

Annie opens in theaters Dec. 19.

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