NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Filming begins today on location in New York on Annie, starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz. An Overbrook Entertainment / Marcy Media production, the film is scheduled to be released by Columbia Pictures on December 19, 2014. The film is set in the present day and will incorporate real New York locations.
A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures' musical comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, 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 serves as Executive Producer. Gluck is currently revising the film's screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by 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 Media Services, Inc.
Also starring in Annie are Rose Byrne as Grace, Stacks' brilliant vice president and Bobby Cannavale as Guy, Stacks' shrewd and scheming political consultant. Also joining the cast are Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje as Nash, Amanda Troya as Pepper, Eden Duncan Smith as Isabella, Nicolette Pierini as Mia, and Zoe Colletti as Tessie.
Annie's behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Michael Grady (Friends with Benefits, Notorious, Easy A), production designer Marcia Hinds (Easy A, 28 Days, Friends with Benefits), editor Tia Nolan (Spanglish, Friends with Benefits, TV's The Michael J. Fox Show), and costume designer Renée Ehrlich Kalfus (Friends with Benefits, The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, Chocolat).
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About Overbrook Entertainment
Overbrook Entertainment's partners James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith are committed to offering extraordinary entertainment art to a global audience in film and television, producing a diverse slate of both critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films, which have generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts.
Some of Overbrook's most successful projects include ALI, HITCH, PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, the Tony-nominated FELA!, and THE KARATE KID. Overbrook also produces Queen Latifah's syndicated daytime talk show with Sony Pictures Television.
About Marcy Media
Marcy Media Films, founded in 2010 by partners Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith, was formed to develop and produce major motion pictures. Projects include the 2014 release of the re-imagination of the classic Broadway musical Annie.
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