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Rose Byrne could sing and dance her way into the heart of the new 'Annie'

Is there anything she can't do?

By Kate Erbland Jul 19, 2013 12:13PM
After a doozy of a pre-production process (remember when Willow Smith had this project tailor-made for her, and then dumped it so she could focus on being a kid, i.e. performing more subpar pop songs?), the "Annie" remake finally seems to be on track, and in a big way. Now set to star pintsize Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis as the eponymous orphan, Jamie Foxx as the Daddy Warbucks character (now named Benjamin Stacks), and Cameron Diaz as the evil Miss Hannigan (a casting choice we're still wrestling with), Will Gluck's new take on the material is getting around to casting some of the more minor characters in the film.

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THR reports that Aussie star Rose Byrne (television's "Damages," "X-Men: First Class," "Bridesmaids," "Insidious," and total delight) is currently "circling" (read: in talks for) the role of Stacks' loyal and lovely assistant Grace (played by Ann Reinking in John Huston's 1982 film, just for reference). 

A key supporting character in traditional "Annie" lore, it's Grace who first picks Annie to come visit Warbucks' mansion during the Christmas holiday (for a bit of a PR stunt, really) and it's also Grace who loves Annie from the start and it's Grace who encourages Warbucks to adopt Annie for good. She evens saves Annie's dog, Sandy! She's essentially a saint. (Oh, and she's also a love interest for her boss, which adds some nice romance to the story.) Byrne would be a wonderful addition to the film, so here's hoping this rumor pans out.

"Annie" will hit theaters in 2014.

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Jul 19, 2013 4:33PM
Just dont screw it up with rap-crap songs
Jul 19, 2013 3:28PM
Why bother the movie musical is dead they are just not relevant for today's audience...
Jul 19, 2013 3:14PM
I hated that movie annie and now there making another one
Jul 19, 2013 5:03PM
How about, Oh I don't know, writing something new!
Jul 19, 2013 3:39PM
I hate that movie little orphan annie why would you make another one of those crap ball movies one was to many the kid was so ugly with that funny red curly hair
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