Cameron Diaz is set to be giving people a hard knock life as THR reports that she’s closed a deal to play evil orphanage owner Miss Hannigan in Sony’s updated version of Annie. Recently it was reported that Sandra Bullock was in talks for the role, but ultimately a deal couldn’t be struck and so Diaz has stepped in.
Of course, Miss Hannigan is the unpleasant, scheming woman who runs the orphanage that Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives in before being taken in by Daddy Warbucks (Jamie Foxx). Carol Burnett played Miss Hannigan in the 1982 films version of Annie.
Will Smith and Jay-Z are producing the movie and have been working behind the screen to update the music. Will Gluck is set to direct the movie from a screenplay that he is currently rewriting. Emma Thompson wrote the original draft, which was rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna.