Rose Byrne joins musical movie ‘Annie’

Los Angeles: `Bridesmaids` actress Rose Byrne is all set to star in the remake of musical `Annie`.

The 33-year-old actress is the fourth big name to sign on for the star-studded remake of the iconic musical film -alongside Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhane Wallis, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Byrne is set to portray the assistant to billionaire businessman Benjamin Stacks (Foxx), a new version of original `Annie` character Daddy Warbucks, who adopts the orphan child played by Wallis.

Meanwhile, blonde beauty Diaz has signed on to play Miss Hannigan, the story`s villainous orphanage matron.

The movie, produced by Will Smith and Jay Z, will put a fresh spin on the family-favourite tale, which was originally adapted from a newspaper comic strip into a musical in 1977, followed by a popular film in 1982.

Fans can also expect a modern soundtrack from co-producer Jay Z after his recent work on Baz Luhrmann`s `The Great Gatsby` score.

The project has been in the pipeline since 2010 when Smith and Jay Z conceived the film as a starring vehicle for Smith`s young daughter, Willow, but she decided to abandon the lead role last year.

`Easy A` director Will Gluck is set to direct and filming is due to start later this year for a Christmas 2014 release date.


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