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.
Just saw the trailer for the new version of Annie. And now I can’t wait until Christmas!
— MrEnterta1nment (@MrEnterta1nment) March 6, 2014
Life is hard knock enough without a terrible “Annie” remake, judging by that trailer.
— J.R. McGrail (@JRMcGrail) March 6, 2014
Just watched the trailer for the 2014 remake of “Annie”.. I am pleased
— morgannelavinia (@moebagbryant) March 6, 2014
— Cody Landman (@cody_landman) March 6, 2014
I was skeptical of a modern Annie remake produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z but the trailer actually makes it look really fun :)
— Mckenna Johnson (@KennaJohnson11) March 6, 2014
OH HELL NAW <— my reaction to the new Annie trailer. #barf
— RJ Endozo (@aRJedi) March 6, 2014
New Annie looks cute! http://t.co/oxL9AwkXKr
— BigGirlBlue (@BigGirlBlue) March 6, 2014
— Corey Cohen (@Corey_H2P) March 6, 2014
I’m actually in love with the new #Annie trailer? ❤️
— Matt Kuhl (@matt_kuhl) March 6, 2014
I know there was a lot of negative opinions from the Annie trailer when I said it was good, but I didn’t instantly hate it after viewing it.
— Dill.I.Am (@theDillman) March 6, 2014
cameron diaz is my favorite thing about the “annie” trailer. but it’s still hard not to tear up at “tomorrow”. http://t.co/mFFVVaNqVO
— Kat Alvarez (@spathodeas) March 6, 2014
why did i have to watch the annie trailer i literally want to claw my eyes out
— ♥ elisabeth ♥ (@ughelisabeth) March 6, 2014
OK THE ANNIE TRAILER JUST MADE MY DAY 50000 TIMES BETTER
— sandy lyle (@deflowerkelley) March 6, 2014
Need your advice: I just watched the Annie trailer and now my apartment is hurtling through space toward a black hole. What should I do?
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) March 6, 2014
…And so on.