Long before he was attached to The Great Gatsby or An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, one-time rapper Jay-Z became involved in another major film project: the reboot of Annie. Following a lengthy delay, and Willow Smith’s exit as the titular character, the film is finally ready to head into production. And, as The Hollywood Reporter points out, thee one and only Jamie Foxx is currently in talks to co-star. (Is Foxx really that apologetic about utilizing Auto-Tune in a song?)
If Foxx does sign on, he’ll play an updated version of the Daddy Warbucks character named Benjamin Stacks (get it? $100 bills, y’all!) opposite to Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as Annie. The film is directed by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits), with a script by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna. Will Smith and his wife Jada are executive producers alongside Hov.
Production is set to begin later this fall, with Sony Pictures eyeing a 2014 release date.
CoS would also like to point out that the common thread between both men is Kanye West (West and Foxx did “Gold Digger”, West and Jay-Z are BFFs). So, ya know, just puttin’ that out there…