The upcoming remake of “Annie” just unspooled its first trailer which looks (and sounds) promising. This updated version of the 1977 Tony Award winner for Best Musical has Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) as the winsome orphan and Oscar champ Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) as her benefactor.
Also on hand is Cameron Diaz as the hard-hearted Miss Hannigan, foster mother to a brood that includes Annie. Dorothy Loudon originated the role on Broadway and won the Tony over, among others, Andrea McArdle, the little girl who first belted out “Tomorrow.”
While Wallis may not possess as fine a set of pipes as McArdle, she sure is charming in the first trailer for the flick which is Columbia’s big Christmas release. (Below, watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments section)
Whether it will works it charms on the Oscars will depend on how well it does both critically and commercially. The 1982 film version was more faithful to the original but with film noir favorite John Huston at the helm, the tone was more serious than silly. For this reboot, the studio went with laffmeister Will Gluck (“Easy A,” “Friends with Benefits”).
Figure on this film to be a factor at the Golden Globes — those musical/comedy categories usually include big budget tuners like this as well as Rob Marshall‘s (“Chicago”) upcoming adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s “Into the Woods” — also due at Christmas — which is headlined by Oscar favorite Meryl Streep as well as Golden Globe winner Johnny Depp and Tony champ James Corden.