First Look At Quvenzhane Wallis In ANNIE Movie Musical Remake
While the big screen remake of beloved 1977 musical favorite ANNIE is not hitting movie screens until Christmas 2014, our very first look at Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie has arrived today, even though the film itself may be many "Tomorrow"s away, to quote the classic Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin score's most famous anthem.
Wallis sports a spunky pink hoodie and matching hi-tops, along with gray leggings and a denim skirt, rocking a colorful t-shirt while riding a hi-tech CitiBike in the onset photo.
Plus, dig that polka-dotted backpack!
The young recent BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Oscar nominee was spotted on the set of ANNIE in Harlem earlier this week and this is the first shot from the on location shoot to leak thus far in the film's production.
ANNIE is directed by Will Gluck from a script by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna, starring Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie, Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (aka Daddy Warbucks), Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan along with Rose Byrne as Grace Farrell and Bobby Cannavale in a new role.
The starry roster of producers for the film include Will Smith and Jay Z, who also serves as music supervisor. Jay Z famously had a Top Ten hit with a rap version of the show's famous orphan theme "It's A Hard Knock Life" called "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)".
The film is reportedly a modern-day adaptation of the stage musical, set in contemporary New York City.
Of note, the property was previously first filmed by famed director John Huston in 1982, starring Aileen Quinn as Annie and Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, as well as lensed by CHICAGO helmer Rob Marshall in 1999, starring Alicia Morton and Victor Garber.
The original stage musical of ANNIE was based on Harold Gray's 1924 comic strip LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE and was directed by Martin Charnin, featuring music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. Subsequently, the musical has been revived on Broadway twice, with the most recent revival playing at the Palace Theatre, directed by James Lapine and starring Lilla Crawford in the title role.
The big screen remake of ANNIE is set to be released on Christmas Day, 2014.
View the first shots of Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie in the remake of ANNIE below.
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