Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) is in talks to join Sony’s remake of Annie, opposite Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) according to the The Hollywood Reporter. The versatile actor is up for the role of Benjamin Stacks, “a variation of the Daddy Warbucks personage, who takes in the spunky orphan girl being played by Wallis.”
This will be the third time the comic strip has been adapted for the screen after first being developed for the stage. The first film adaptation was in 1982 and the second was in 1999.
Here’s the scoop:
Jamie Foxx is in negotiations to star opposite Quvenzhane Wallis in Annie, the update of the classic comic strip-turned-musical that Sony is making with producers Will Smith and Jay-Z.
Will Gluck is directing the project, which has a host of producers: Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment banner partner James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay-Z. Also producing are Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media.
Jamie Foxx will soon be seen opposite Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) in Roland Emmerich’s big budget summer blockbuster, White House Down. He is currently filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 where he will star as the villainous, Electro, opposite Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.