Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is in early discussions to play Miss Hannigan in Sony and Overbrook Entertainment’s remake of “Annie.”
Hannigan, of course, is the mean woman who runs the orphanage where Annie and her friends live. Carol Burnett played the role in the original 1982 film, and Sony has sought to cast an actress with comedic chops and international appeal.
What’s especially interesting about Bullock’s potential casting is that she initially passed on the role. Now sources close to Bullock say she is back at the negotiating table for a family film that may wind up a holiday hit. Will Smith and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter are producing Will Gluck’s updated musical, which stars youngest Oscar nominee for ‘best actress’- Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) as the titular orphan, who was originally supposed to be played by Smith’s daughter Willow. Jamie Foxx will play NYC mayoral hopeful Benjamin Stacks, a variation on the Daddy Warbucks character.
Gluck is directing from a script by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna that the filmmaker recently revised to suit his vision for the movie, which is expected to start production this fall. “Annie” will hit theaters on Christmas Day 2014.
Culled from thewrap.com
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