The beloved Broadway Musical and movie Annie gets a serious makeover in its upcoming remake.
The modern version of Annie stars Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie), Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx (Benjamin Stacks), Insidious’ Rose Byrne (Grace), and Bad Teacher’s Cameron Diaz (Miss. Hannigan).
In the original Broadway musical, based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, an orphan named Annie lives in an orphanage run by the terrible Miss. Hannigan. Hannigan basically abuses the children by making them work to extremes. One day Annie’s luck changes, she’s selected to spend time with wealthy Oliver Warbucks. At first Warbucks attempts to distance himself from Annie, but her charm wins him over. Eventually he offers a reward to anyone who finds her real parents. Miss. Hannigan learns about this reward and devises a plan to get the money. She joins forces with impostors posing as Annie’s parents.
The remake models this plot, with some additional modern twists. In the new Annie, Warbucks becomes Stacks, and he uses Annie to help his political campaign. This version of Annie takes place in the present day-with all the Facebook references and such-while the original musical was set in the 1930s. Another noticeable difference from the original Broadway Annie and this movie version is that it appears auto-tune will be used to alter Wallis’ voice.
Every time a trailer is released for a highly-anticipated film, the internet has a lot to say. So many people took to Twitter to offer early reviews of the film. They were not impressed.
We all try too hard to be hilarious and totally miss the mark. We’re all Cameron Diaz in the trailer for Annie.
— Cole Escola (@ColeEscola) March 6, 2014
Oh man. That ‘Annie’ trailer. Oh man. #worried
— Tim Stack (@EWTimStack) March 6, 2014
It’s finally happened. I’ve witnessed the worst things that’s ever been put to film. http://t.co/9tKUiBOqxp
— Darren Bolton (@DarrenLeeBolton) March 6, 2014
I’ve survived many horrors over the last 34 years. But the awfulness of that trailer for the remake of ANNIE could have actually broken me.
— Gonzo McNulty (@Gonzo_McNulty) March 6, 2014
Some, however, remained optimistic and excited by the new Annie.
Just watched the Annie trailer and I am ready for queen Rose Byrne to SLAY
— Patrick Brady (@ThePatrickk) March 6, 2014
Am I the only person who thinks that the Annie remake movie trailer’s charming enough… #unpopularopinion
— Gian Nicdao (@giannicdao) March 6, 2014
— L-J Keston (@ljkeston) March 6, 2014
Annie hits theaters on December 19.
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