If a deal becomes finalized, the actress will play Miss Hannigan, the cranky woman who runs the orphanage that Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) stays in before being taken in by Daddy Warbucks (Jamie Foxx). Sandra Bullock was actually in talks for the role back in March before passing, but now, negotiations have begun again. Carol Burnett played Miss Hannigan in the original Annie that debuted in 1982.
Will Gluck is directing from a screenplay that he is currently rewriting. Emma Thompson wrote the original draft, which was rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna. Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and James Lassiter are producing through their Overbrook Entertainment company, with Jay-Z and Tyran Smith producing for Marcy Media. Production is scheduled to begin in late fall.