Jamie Foxx to Play Quvenzhane Wallis’ Daddy Warbucks-Like Character in ‘Annie’

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Quvenzhane Wallis may have a new father… in Annie, that is. Jamie Foxx is reportedly in talks to star opposite Wallis in the Sony remake of Annie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Django Unchained star received an offer and is negotiating out a contract to reportedly play a character named Benjamin Stacks, who is supposed to be a variation of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks from the original Annie. In the 1982 movie, Warbucks — a billionaire businessman and Annie’s adoptive father — was played by Albert Finney. As of now, there is no description of how this role will be reinvented for the new film. 

There is still a lot more casting that needs to be done for the musical comedy, which is scheduled to be released on Dec. 25, 2014. As of now, Sony has secured Will Gluck to direct the film and recently had writers Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna revise the script. On top of that, Will Smith and Jay-Z are tied to the film as producers.

While Sony has yet to confirm if they are in fact in talks with Foxx, it seems a likely match as Foxx appears to be a favorite of Sony’s. He’s currently filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the studio and stars in White House Down, which is scheduled to be released on June 28.

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News Editor Lindsey DiMattina started her career writing for a series of interior design magazines in South Florida, but moved to NYC on a whim. She dabbled in fashion PR, then took a job doing celebrity reporting. For three years, she broke news about Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Snooki, Bachelor/Bachelorette winners, Teen Moms, and many more. In her spare time, you can find her rocking out to Sugarland or Lil Jon and walking her dog Bene Hendrix (named after the Jimi Hendrix). She never misses an episode of “The Borgias,” “Boardwalk Empire,” or “Game of Thrones."