Sony Pictures has released five clips and more than ten minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie. The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as the spunky, street-smart title character, a foster kid living with the cruel Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) until she’s taken in by the hard-nosed New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. There’s an undeniable cheese factor to Annie, but there’s also no doubt Quvenzhané Wallis can carry a film, and it’s nice to see Jamie Foxx loosen up a bit. As someone who grew up on the original I’m excited to hear what they do with play’s poppy musical numbers, especially given Jay Z‘s involvement as producer.
Hit the jump to check out the new clips from Annie and get a behind-the-scenes look at the on-set hijinks. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and David Zayas. Annie opens in theaters December 19th.
Annie Movie Clips
Annie Behind-the-Scenes Footage
Here’s the official synopsis for Annie:
A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.
Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.