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Jamie Foxx might join Quvenzhané Wallis in Jay-Z's Annie remake as "Benjamin Stacks"

Apr. 30, 2013by:

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The Will Smith/Jay-Z produced ANNIE remake is slowly but surely moving forward. Quvenzhané Wallis was cast as the title character back in February and now there's news that they may have found their Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks but he'll be going by a different name.

THR has an exclusive that Jamie Foxx is in talks to join ANNIE and he would be playing "Benjamin Stacks", an updated version of the Daddy Warbucks character. Benjamin Stacks...oh, I get it. In the comics and the musicals Daddy Warbucks is a billionaire businessman that ends up taking Annie under his wing and when she gets in trouble he usually shows up at the last moment to save the day. Daddy Warbucks was of course portrayed by Albert Finney in the 1982 film version of ANNIE.

I doubt there's many of you that hold the 1982 version that close to your heart that you're outraged about the musical being updated or the name change. Maybe I'm wrong: are there any hardcore ANNIE fans out there?

*crickets*

Maybe it'll be a decent musical for kids and Jamie Foxx isn't a bad choice to play the Daddy Warbucks persona. Clearly I'm not the target audience for ANNIE and although I don't want the film to be a failure, I have a hard time believing anyone is going to be that excited to see a modernized version of the musical.

ANNIE should start production some time this fall and the film might hit theaters during the holiday season of 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Schmoes with kids: is this something that your children are going to drag you to see? Or is ANNIE something that just isn't going to interest them?

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9:53AM on 04/30/2013

I'll step up to the plate

The '82 musical was in the standard rotation of VHS flicks my parents would put on any given afternoon for me, my sister, and the myriad of kids my Mom babysat back in the day. Personally I thought Punjab was a badass, Tim Curry was a devious mofo, and even back then I knew Bernadette Peters was HAWT. Mostly I liked the flick for Warbucks' helicopter plane.

I think there's good potential here. Already the making's of a good cast and I'm sure the music will be good. Is it a flick I'm going
The '82 musical was in the standard rotation of VHS flicks my parents would put on any given afternoon for me, my sister, and the myriad of kids my Mom babysat back in the day. Personally I thought Punjab was a badass, Tim Curry was a devious mofo, and even back then I knew Bernadette Peters was HAWT. Mostly I liked the flick for Warbucks' helicopter plane.

I think there's good potential here. Already the making's of a good cast and I'm sure the music will be good. Is it a flick I'm going to go see? Almost certainly not. But as someone who hopes to be a parent, I'm aware that what we watch as kids does inform our tastes and memories well down the road...and movies that both kids enjoy and are legitimately good are very hard to make.
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10:52AM on 04/30/2013
It is incredibly difficult to find kid's films that they like and are actually decent. In fact I'd argue that creating a good kids movie is one of the hardest things to accomplish in the film industry.
It is incredibly difficult to find kid's films that they like and are actually decent. In fact I'd argue that creating a good kids movie is one of the hardest things to accomplish in the film industry.
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10:04AM on 04/30/2013
i'm surprised jamie foxx hasn't done more musicals. doesn't he have a grammy? also, andre 3000 AKA benjamin 3stacks.
i'm surprised jamie foxx hasn't done more musicals. doesn't he have a grammy? also, andre 3000 AKA benjamin 3stacks.
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2:18PM on 04/30/2013

How does this work again?

This is an "all-black" remake of a classic musical. But we're changing the story, changing the characters, probably changing the time-frame, and we're writing all new music. Tell me again how this is a "remake"? You obviously can't just cast all black actors, because history won't bear that out. (Black FDR? Yeah.) So, what is the purpose of doing this?
This is an "all-black" remake of a classic musical. But we're changing the story, changing the characters, probably changing the time-frame, and we're writing all new music. Tell me again how this is a "remake"? You obviously can't just cast all black actors, because history won't bear that out. (Black FDR? Yeah.) So, what is the purpose of doing this?
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6:52PM on 05/01/2013
I would pick someone else other than Jamie Foxx...but I suppose too,..gotta pick someone with singing talent.
I would pick someone else other than Jamie Foxx...but I suppose too,..gotta pick someone with singing talent.
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