Jamie Foxx wanted for Daddy Warbucks role in Jay-Z’s ‘Annie’ remake

Jay-Z is serving as a producer on the new 'Annie' movie, which is due out next year (2014)

Jamie Foxx is being lined up to star in Jay-Z‘s Annie remake.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Foxx is “in negotiations” to play a character called Benjamin Stacks based on the original’s Daddy Warbucks – the rich businessman who adopts little orphan Annie. The character’s name is a play on “stacks” of “Benjamins” or $100 bills.

If negotiations are successful, Foxx would star opposite Oscar-nominated child actress Quvenzhané Wallis, who signed on to play Annie after original lead Willow Smith, now 12, outgrew the role.

Jay-Z is a producer on the new Annie movie alongside Willow’s parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The rapper, 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 set to direct and has recently revised a script that has already had input from Emma Thompson and The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna. Shooting is due to begin this autumn for a release in cinemas over Christmas 2014.

The original stage production of Annie opened on Broadway in 1977 and ran for six years. The first film adaptation came out in 1982 and starred 11-year-old Aileen Quinn in the title role alongside Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks.