It’s going to be a hard knock Christmas this year. Based on the 1976 musical of the same name, ‘Annie‘ gets an update with ‘Beasts of The Southern Wild‘ star, and Oscar nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis playing the precocious and lovable orphan. The story is pretty much the same, with Annie being one of the girls terrorized by the scheming Miss Hannigan, played by Cameron Diaz, and she finds herself being used for publicity by Will Stacks, Jamie Foxx, a wealthy politician in need of a better image, and love.
The movie was produced by Will Smith, whose daughter Willow was originally supposed to star but later dropped out of film, and Jay Z. Cover versions of songs from the original Broadway musical are used, as well as Jay’s songs. I’m actually surprised we didn’t hear ‘Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)‘ in the trailer. The film also stars Rose Byrne as Stack’s assistant Grace Farrell, along with Bobby Cannavale, Tracie Thoms and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. I think the movie looks adorable and I can’t wait to hear more of the music.
Here’s one horror remake that I really think might work. Even though I am feeling an Angelina Jolie“Girl Interrupted”Lisa-vibe in this poster up there, I suppose that comparison is never a bad thing.
The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Julianne Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday), but only Chris’ friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets her actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to the prom. After a cruel prank by her peers at the prom, Carrie is pushed to the limit and unleashes telekinetic havoc.
I hear-tell Carrie doesn’t just take revenge on the high school this time. I love Chloe and I really love Julianne Moore for taking this kind of a cray-cray role as Carrie’s mom. And Judy Greer?? This should be bloody good fun.
Carrie is set to be released on March 15, 2013
Oh, and PLEASE let Julianne screech the iconic line “They’re all gonna LAUGH at you!”.