*The first trailer has been released for the upcoming “Annie” remake, with Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role. Also, the first clip has surfaced from the Jimi Hendrix film “All Is By My Side” starring Outkast’s Andre 3000.
Like the classic 1977 musical, Columbia’s modern-day “Annie” update follows 11-year-old little orphan Annie (“Beasts of the Southern Wild’s” Wallis), who has a chance encounter with wealthy businessman Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx), an update on the Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks character.
Turns out Benjamin, who’s running for mayor, needs a feel-good story to boost his stock; that’s where Annie comes in. Meanwhile, Cameron Diaz takes on the mean-spirited orphanage owner Miss Hannigan. Rose Byrne and Bobby Canavale co-star.
The Will Gluck-directed the feature, produced by Jay Z and Will Smith, hits theaters on Dec. 19.
Watch the trailer below.
Having premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and now gearing up to screen at the nearing South By Southwest, “All Is By My Side” is due for a general release in August.
Andre 3000, aka Andre Benjamin, will play the guitarist before he became famous – in the year leading up to his landmark performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. The film follows his journey from working as a backing musician in New York City to relocating to London. While there he meets model/muse Linda Keith (played by Imogen Poots) who strongly encourages him to start playing original material.
The new teaser clip shows a bar scene where Hendrix is begging Keith to accompany him to Monterey but she is reluctant because she knows about his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (Hayley Atwell) and doesn’t want to play the side piece.
Andre 3000 says he fully committed to the role, losing weight, learning guitar and taking dialect lessons to play the Seattle-born star. “I listened to hours of interviews. I watched films – watched his mannerisms,” Benjamin said, via Rolling Stone.
By charting Hendrix’s career before its heyday, writer/director John Ridley managed to circumnavigate the musician’s notoriously guarded estate, which ruled that none of Hendrix’s original material can be used. Instead, the film featured the authentic covers that were part of Jimi’s repertoire as he built up his portfolio and playing skills, including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Wild Thing,” “Mannish Boy,” “Bleeding Heart” and “Hound Dog.”