Release Date: December 19, 2014 (US)
Director: Will Gluck
Writters: Aline Brosh McKenna, Will Gluck, Emma Thompson, Thomas Meehan, Harold Gray
Jamie Foxx as: Will Stacks
Co-Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz
Runtime: 118 min
Rated: PG for some mild language and rude humor
Production budget: $65 million (estimated)
Box office: $133 million
Links: Imdb – Official Site
Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.
Jamie Foxx’s Character
Jamie Foxx plays Will Stacks, a cell phone mogul and owner of Stacks Mobile, who is running for mayor of New York City.
“Stacks has spent all of his time building his phone company – his business doesn’t allow him to be a regular person. He forgets about a personal life. And then, running for mayor, it’s even more extreme. Playing it that way gives us something we can identify with, in today’s terms.” – Jamie Foxx on his character
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- This is the second musical film for Jamie Foxx since Dreamgirls (2006).
- Justin Timberlake was allegedly considered to play Will Stacks. However, Jamie Foxx was signed to play the role.
- When Will Stacks is serving mashed potatoes, he quotes another show produced by Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
It’s crazy how good he is. He added so much in the recording sessions to put his own stamp on all his songs because he knows what he’s doing. – Will Gluck about Jamie Foxx’s talents as a singer