Jamie Foxx reveals his 'Annie' character is inspired by P Diddy
Foxx is playing a Daddy Warbucks-like character in Jay-Z's modern-day remake of the classic musical
Foxx is playing a character called Benjamin Stacks based on the original's Daddy Warbucks in the forthcoming musical film, which stars Oscar-nominated child actress Quvenzhané Wallis as little orphan Annie and Cameron Diaz as cruel orphanage owner Miss Hannigan.
Discussing his character on US chatshow Katie, Foxx explained: "I'm a cellular phone mogul. I'm running through the streets of New York, I'm trying to be mayor. And to be honest with you, I'm letting the cat out the bag just a little bit, I'm sort of mirroring Puffy a little bit."
Jay-Z is co-producer on the new Annie movie alongside Will Smith, whose daughter Willow was originally in line for the title role. Beasts Of The Southern Wild star Wallis replaced her after Willow, now 13, outgrew the part.
Jay-Z, who sampled a song from the classic Broadway musical for his 1998 hit 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)', is also rumoured to be writing new songs for the film, which is set in present-day New York City. Director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends With Benefits) started shooting last month (September) and Sony has scheduled a release date of Christmas Day 2014.
The original stage production of Annie opened on Broadway in 1977 and ran for six years. The popular 1982 film version was directed by John Huston and starred 11-year-old Aileen Quinn in the title role alongside Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan and Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks.