With the release of the feature film Annie THIS Friday December 19th, Producer Jay Z speaks on making the music of Annie while Will Smith, a producer on the film as well, applauds the rapper for being able to give the film a new vibe and energy! Sia, singer/songwriter behind hits like “Chandelier” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, spoke on recreating the classic “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”!

ANNIE

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations, comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy Annie.  Director / Producer / Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas and Alicia Emmrich serve as Executive Producers.  The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

Don’t forget to catch this heart-warming modern remake this holiday season when ANNIE hits theaters THIS FRIDAY, December 19th!

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