‘Annie’ trailer: Internet doesn’t know how to feel about remake starring Cameron Diaz

Actress QuvenzhaneWallis attends the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 23, 2013. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Quvenzhane Wallis (Frazer Harrison/Getty)

Miss Hannigan as a bitter spinster who lusts after George Clooney and begs Daddy Warbucks to “like” her on Facebook? Welcome to modern day “Annie,” an updated version of the 1982 musical, produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay Z. The first trailer hit the Internet on Wednesday night and the Internet has some opinions.

This time around, little orphan Annie is played by 10-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, who can apparently sing. The multi-talented tween made history last year with her starring role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” becoming the youngest nominee ever to land an Academy Award Best Actress nod and carried an amazing purse to the Oscars.

In the trailer, Cameron Diaz takes on the part of evil orphanage owner Miss Hannigan, gleefully throwing herself into the villainous character. (Twitter seemed especially suspicious about this casting choice.) Jamie Foxx plays Will Stacks, a Daddy Warbucks-type billionaire running for mayor who takes in Annie to improve his image on the campaign trail – as his adviser points out, she’s a foster child from Harlem, after all!

You may have heard how the story goes: Sweet Annie and her dog, Sandy, win over Daddy Warbucks – er, Will Stacks, by being adorable. Stacks doesn’t want to admit he might actually care about Annie for more than his political campaign, but we all know how this story ends.

Couple the delightful tale with a new soundtrack (“It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow,” with some serious AutoTune) and it looks like Sony has got a hit on its hands for the holidays. The movie comes out Dec. 19 – but naturally, the Internet is already in Frenzied Comment Mode when it comes to remaking an old classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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