Release date: December 19, 2014
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz
It’s a Hard Knock Life
Director: Will Gluck
Screenwriter: Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna
Based on the 1977 musical stage play “Annie”, book by Thomas Meehan and “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray.
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.
“Annie” Cast in Stills
Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie Bennett
Jamie Foxx as William “Will” Stacks
Cameron Diaz as Miss Colleen Hannigan
Rose Byrne as Grace Farrell
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Nash
Tracie Thoms and Dorian Missick
David Zayas as Lou
Amanda Troya as Pepper Ulster
Eden Duncan-Smith as Isabella Sullivan, one of Annie’s foster sisters
Zoe Margaret Colletti as Tessie Dutchess
Mike Birbiglia as Social Services inspector
Stephanie Kurtzuba as Mrs. Kovacevic
Peter Van Wagner as Harold Gray
Michael J. Fox (cameo)
Mila Kunis (cameo)
Ashton Kutcher (cameo)
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