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Willow Smith is out of the ANNIE remake
Posted by ljay889 2013-01-30 14:59:43


Yay!

http://broadwayworld.com/article/Will-Gluck-to-Helm-ANNIE-Remake-Willow-Smith-No-Longer-Attached-20130130

Willow Smith is out of the ANNIE remake
Posted by everythingtaboo 2013-01-30 15:04:05


Good news and even better news!

Willow Smith is out of the ANNIE remake
Posted by suestorm 2013-01-30 15:11:49


there IS a god!

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Posted by ray-andallthatjazz86 2013-01-30 15:40:19


Great news all around! I imagine they're heavily pursuing Oscar nominee Quevenzhane Wallis (if they're not, then they need to, dub her if she can't sing, not sure how vocally demanding a role this will be given that this is an updated version), unless they want an unknown for the role like the Broadway revival. It's hard to think of anyone who'd be more appropriate for the part.
Gluck is such a great choice for this project! Now that Willow is out and he is in I can be excited. Are they using an all-black cast or will it be a racially mixed ensemble? Either way, Queen Latifah would make for a hilarious Hannigan even if she played a Warden in CHICAGO already. Octavia Spencer would also be perfect.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2013-01-30 15:47:40


Either way, Queen Latifah would make for a hilarious Hannigan even if she played a Warden in CHICAGO already.

I like Queen Latifah, but I've never found her hilarious in anything. Tichina Arnold would be my first choice, quickly followed by Chandra Wilson. Or perhaps Alfre Woodard.

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Posted by suestorm 2013-01-30 15:51:09


Queen Latifah, ugh, i agree never found her funny at all, now Wanda Sykes is HILARIOUS!

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Posted by ljay889 2013-01-30 15:53:40


Tichina Arnold is amazing, but I think she'd be considered too b-list for a major remake of ANNIE.

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Posted by madbrian 2013-01-30 15:53:43


If she could sing it, I'd love to see Aisha Tyler as Hannigan.

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Posted by ray-andallthatjazz86 2013-01-30 16:03:25


I think Queen Latifah understands subtlety, she wouldn't be outrageous, but I think she'd be really funny in the role. I do prefer the idea of Octavia Spencer. I love Sykes too but can't see her being seriously considered for this, then again, Gluck is not Rob Marshall so he might be more open to cast someone who's less of a name. I figure Latifah, Spencer and Taraji P. Henson (who'd be fantastic either as Hannigan or as Lily, depending on how old they want the roles to be) will all be in the running. Woodard is incredible but she has played this type of role before and doesn't need to be involved, her performance in STEEL MAGNOLIAS was very predictable. Hoping they are not courting Jennifer Hudson for Grace, saw her on the SMASH premiere and her acting has only gotten more wooden and artificial than it already was over the years.

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Posted by JP2 2013-01-30 16:15:11


Wouldn't Jay want his wife to play Grace?

I think Gluck is pretty great. If he had the chance to cast an actor he's previously worked with, I'd love to see Timberlake as Rooster.

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Posted by tazber 2013-01-30 16:36:16


Aisha Tyler is probably too young for Hanniagan, but she would be great.

Yuuuuup.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-30 16:50:15


I'd rather see Jiminy Glick in drag than Latifah try to be funny as Hannigan.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2013-01-30 16:54:42


Gluck has a good eye for spotting talent among b, c and d-listers, so I doubt that is his chief concern.

Sykes plays Sykes perfectly and is funny just being herself, but I can't see her really delivering a broad comical character like Hannigan. Latifah is extremely likable, but she just doesn't have the comedic spark. When Hannigan gets too flat or subtle, you end up with a major misfire like Kathy Bates.

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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2013-01-30 20:07:08


Thank Fark, the smiths just need to go away

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Posted by ljay889 2013-01-30 20:11:34


Oh, Beyonce is definitely going to be Grace.

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-01-30 20:16:33


Octavia Spencer for Hannigan?

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Posted by Johnnycantdecide 2013-01-30 20:19:21


HAS to be Octavia Spencer as Hannigan.

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Posted by ray-andallthatjazz86 2013-01-30 20:39:00


Yeah, the more I think about it, Spencer has got to be the one. But like I said, I wouldn't be surprised if Taraji was part of the conversation. I guess Beyonce can play Grace, not sure who'd be more wooden, her or Jennifer Hudson. Speaking of DREAMGIRLS cast members, Anika Noni Rose truly would be perfectly cast as Grace or Lily.

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Posted by Jungle Red 2013-01-30 20:41:25


Only if James Earl Johns plays Daddy!

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-01-30 20:44:27


Don Cheadle has a great voice and would be a fun Rooster. Or Jamie Foxx.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-30 20:44:29


Big Daddy Warbucks

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Posted by little_sally 2013-01-30 20:54:24


Jamie Foxx would be a great Rooster.

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Posted by Visceral_Fella 2013-01-30 22:18:51


I'd LOVE Tichina Arnold as Hannigan. I wish she did more musical work.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-30 22:20:29


Can Octavia Spencer sing?

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Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2013-01-30 22:40:08


Jordan, judge for yourself...

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Posted by Kad 2013-01-30 23:58:10


Morgan Freeman as FDR

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Posted by Phyllis Rogers Stone 2013-01-31 00:07:12


I watched every second of that Octavia Spencer video.

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Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2013-01-31 00:29:32


^I know, right? Just when you thought your day couldn't get any better. :)

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Posted by tazber 2013-01-31 06:27:48


That Octavia video is an instant classic.

LOVE IT!!!!

I like ham hocks, y'all.

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Posted by suestorm 2013-01-31 08:26:12


KAD, Morgan Freeman as FDR? Thats sooooo funny!! Why stop there? If you want cutting edge, why not have Whoopie as FDR! and why must Annie be a child? How about Gabrielle Union!

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Posted by taboo123 2013-01-31 08:29:01


i think Queen Latifah understands being one-noted and have the same reactions and line delivery in every single thing she does.

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Posted by Playbilly 2013-01-31 19:59:40


I'm back to defend the sistah! :)

Queen Latifah is hilarious in BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE. She and Steve Martin make a very funny team.

As for Annie, let's simply be glad the wind has blown the Willow away.

ANd if James Earl Jones can basically play HArry S. Truman in "The Best Man", I can see Morgan Freeman as FDR.

Kidding, guys....

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Posted by OperaBwayLover 2013-01-31 20:04:13


No Willow? Oh darn. I'll be crying into my pillow tonight.

Count me in on the 'Octavia Spencer for Hannigan' vote. And let's ask the really difficult question...who will play the Star to Be? :-p

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Posted by darquegk 2013-01-31 21:17:02


No Star To Be this time- "NYC" will be replaced with "Detroit, Bitch!"

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Posted by Mister Matt 2013-01-31 22:48:10



It really is a hard-knock life.

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Posted by Borstalboy 2013-02-01 12:53:19


These are the kind of hard knocks you deal with when you push your kids into the spotlight at a young age. I always thought it was gross the way Smith pere pimped his kids out.


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Posted by darreyl102 2013-02-02 06:05:56


Did anybody See Wanda when she played Hannigan at Pennsylvania's Media Theatre ?
I could certainly see Tichina Arnold, Octavia Spencer, and Wanda for Hannigan. i could also see Jenifer Lewis in a way. Audra Could maybe play Grace Again- she dosen't look much older.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-02-06 11:49:32


I had no idea Martin Charnin hated the 1999 TV film as well. I thought that he would have liked it better since it was more closer to the musical.

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Posted by Salene 2013-02-06 19:05:33


"Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12."

http://broadwayworld.com/article/Will-Smith-Reveals-Reasons-For-Willow-Withdrawing-From-ANNIE-Remake-20130206

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Posted by OperaBwayLover 2013-02-06 21:02:21


The fact that she was the one to say that is incredibly sad. Kudos to her for wanting to be a normal kid.

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Posted by AEA AGMA SM 2013-02-06 21:42:18


"I had no idea Martin Charnin hated the 1999 TV film as well. I thought that he would have liked it better since it was more closer to the musical."

I've always gotten the impression that Martin Charnin hates any version that he is not involved with, stage or screen.

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Posted by Mattbrain 2013-02-07 08:22:11


"I've always gotten the impression that Martin Charnin hates any version that he is not involved with, stage or screen."

That sounds familiar.

Laurents, we know you're...down there listening.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-02-08 13:52:50


I hope this happens. She was first choice for the part after Willow was no longer available.



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Posted by tazber 2013-02-08 23:42:33


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Posted by ray-andallthatjazz86 2013-02-10 11:50:51


I figured as soon as Willow dropped out that little Quevenzhane Wallis would be at the top of the list, she's competing for a lead actress Oscar at the age of 9, which is insane. She also has the tough-as-nails quality that so many little girls who play Annie lack.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2014-01-19 13:34:57


Here is what she had to say about leaving the film.

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Posted by smallvillefan16 2014-01-19 14:42:58


I wish we knew more about the film. Mainly how many old/new songs are going to be used.

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Posted by Mr. Nowak 2014-01-19 16:09:02


Yeah, some more information would be great. They'e being very vague as to what exactly the film is. Of course, it's still very early.

Once the ads start coming out it'll hopefully be a bit clearer.

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Posted by lovebwy 2014-01-19 19:12:11


" Oscar-winner Emma Thompson has contributed a new screenplay "

Wha?

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Posted by g.d.e.l.g.i. 2014-01-21 09:15:41


She was on the block when Willow was part of the project. When Willow left the project, so did she. I think it was one of those situations where you know it's not your job, but you hang in as long as you can hoping you'll at least get some money out of the deal.

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Posted by jemjeb2 2014-01-22 11:23:15


Isn't this planned as a nonmusical modern set remake? Or have things changed since the last lengthy disussion of this?

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Posted by smallvillefan16 2014-01-22 12:00:35


It's a musical. We know it'll feature "Tomorrow" and "Little Girls". It will also have a new ballad for Miss Hannigan/Benjamin Stacks.

We're just not sure what else will remain from the show versus new material from Jay-Z. Although, now knowing that Charnin had script approval makes me think it'll be at least some-what faithful.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2014-07-10 11:29:23


More from Willow about why she left the film.

"To be honest, something inside me was just, like, 'Don't,'" said Smith. "I'm very connected with my intuition."

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2014-07-10 11:32:07


Smart girl. She felt what everyone here was feeling.