Well, you can rest easy now folks, since many of you weren’t particularly thrilled with the news.
A Sony Pictures representative has dismissed earlier reports that Justin Timberlake is in consideration for the role of Daddy Warbucks, starring alongside young Quvenzhané Wallis in the upcoming remake of movie musical Annie.
So does this mean the New York Post is full of sh*t (they were the original source of the news which traveled across the web)? Well, they’ve been right about past stories, so, I guess you win some, you lose some.
As I said earlier, with regards to the Annie story, Daddy
Warbucks is supposed to be an older gentleman; someone in his 50s, who also
happens to be filthy rich, and is usually bald. 1 out of 3 for Timberlake.
Although I did add that the film’s producers
might be taking some creative liberties with the story, and aren’t
married to the source material.
We’ll see who’s eventually cast in the role. I read a few comments on Facebook asking why Daddy Warbucks couldn’t be a black man. To that I’d reply, unless the actor cast is a superstar like a Will Smith, or Denzel Washington, black actors who’ve seemingly *transcended* race in Hollywood, Daddy Warbucks will almost certainly be a white man.
But I’m willing to be surprised! Who knows, right?!
So, humor me, if say, hypothetically, a black actor was indeed being considered for the part, what actor would you cast? Remember, the character is in his 50s, and has a bald head – assuming the producers of the film stick to the source material as much as possible.
The long-in-development remake of the Broadway musical is produced by Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partners, Jada Pinkett Smith, and James Lassiter, while Jay-Z (also a producer) will score the film.
In past film adaptations of Annie, Warbucks has been played by the likes of Albert Finney and Victor Garber.
Sony Pictures has set an official release date for Annie, for December 25, 2014.