I’m a kid at heart, so I couldn’t help but get excited when Sony confirmed Quvenzhané Wallis to play Annie in an updated movie version of the beloved Broadway musical and comic strip. I grew up watching the 1982 film version of “Annie” obsessively, and though that film was largely panned by critics, it nevertheless introduced me to some great Broadway performers and thespians of the stage and screen: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, Ann Reinking and Bernadette Peters. Even the Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall in the film.
This new version promises to be no less amazing considering the talent behind it: Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z are producing it. Remember when Jay-Z sampled “It’s a Hard Knock Life”? He’ll be masterminding the music, so we’ll get a very interesting and fresh creative spin on some favorite standards from the Broadway musical.
Interestingly, Will Smith’s daughter Willow Smith was originally slated to play the role, but she not only is now too old for the role, but is said to have expressed to her dear old dad that she wanted some down time to be a kid. I hope she’s enjoying taking a breather, but I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of her. She’s just too talented.
The new version of Annie is slated to be released in 2014.