Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz star in the final Annie trailer

I’m anxious to see how the ANNIE remake will do in theaters.  On one hand, I think the 1982 version needed a serious update, but on the other hand, nothing I’ve seen so far from the remake has me convinced they’ve captured the magic of the original.  But it has two big stars and a little girl everyone recognizes from BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, so at least has some star power behind it.  Plus, it’s produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z, so that’s a good sign.  Check out the final trailer for the musical remake below.

The official synopsis for ANNIE: A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.  ANNIE stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and David Zayas.  The Will Gluck directed film hits theaters on December 19th.

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