Oscar-winning actress was 'in negotiations' to play orphanage owner Miss Hannigan
Jay-Z‘s Annie remake will not feature Sandra Bullock as tyrannical orphanage owner Miss Hannigan.
According to The Wrap, Sony Pictures was unable to lock down a deal with the Oscar-winning actress. Bullock had already passed on the role once, apparently, before a second round of negotiations proved unsuccessful too.
Jay-Z is a producer on the new Annie movie alongside Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, whose daughter Willow was originally in line to star. However, Oscar-nominated child actress Quvenzhané Wallis is now set to play Annie after Willow, 13 in October, outgrew the role.
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 remake. Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends With Benefits) is on board as director and Sony has scheduled a release date of Christmas Day 2014. “Several top comic actresses” are now being targeted for the Miss Hannigan role, says The Wrap.
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.