Ever since we heard that Jay-Z and Will Smith were remaking the classic musical Annie, we've been itching to see what it will be like. Now we finally have an idea of what we can expect, as the first trailer has been released.
The remake of the 1982 classic stars Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx and ten-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis (who last year become the youngest ever Best Actress nominee for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild). In the updated story Jamie Foxx plays billionaire Benjamin Stacks, who is running for mayor of New York City and takes an orphan in to improve his image. Needless to say, his stony heart soon melts after spending time with Annie. And after seeing how cute Quvenzhané is in the trailer, who can blame him?
And if the snippets of It's A Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow we hear in the trailer are anything to go by, Quvenzhané's got a belter of a voice too. We don't get to hear Jamie Foxx sing yet but he's no stranger to musicals, having appeared in Dreamgirls and Ray. As for Cameron Diaz, she plays a hilariously ditzy version of mean matron Miss Hannigan. "Aren't I supposed to be married to Goerge Clooney?" she says at one point, along with: "Like me on Facebook!" suggesting we'll see lots of updated cultural references.
Jay-Z famously released a single called Hard Knock Life, sampling the original song from the musical - so he's clearly been a fan for a while. From the looks of this trailer, he'll have a big screen hit on his hands soon too. The film isn't out until December so meanwhile, here's a reminder of some of the best - and worst - movie remakes.
The Best Movie Remakes...
1. Ocean's 11
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts...and with Steven Soderbergh directing. What could really have gone wrong?
2. The Parent Trap
OK, controversial we know. Some people think this remake wasn't a patch on the 1961 original. We think it's rare evidence of Lindsay Lohan while she was still sweet and innocent. And for that it should be cherished.
3. The Departed
This Martin Scorsese film was a remake of a Hong Kong thriller called Internal Affairs. As remakes go, this one did good...scooping the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The Worst Movie Remakes...
Rom com regular Vince Vaughan as terrifying killer Norman Bates? Behave. This 1998 Gus Van Sant remake of the Hitchcock classic was a scene for scene remake of the original. Pointless? Quite.
We love Russell Brand. Just not so much in terrible remakes of Dudley Moore films. Guys, even the original wasn't that great.
Footloose without Kevin Bacon? As if!