The Hollywood Reporter states:
“Foxx would play a character named Benjamin Stacks, a variation of the Daddy Warbucks personage, who takes in the spunky orphan girl being played by Wallis. (You know he’s rich because his name literally means stacks of 100 bills, aka Benjamins.) The Django Unchained star has received an offer from the studio and sources say his team has begun to negotiate.”
The Will Gluck-directed film is set to be produced under Will Smith‘s Overbrook Entertainment banner with James Lassiter and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, as well as Jay-Z‘s Marcy Media with Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith.
Production on Annie is expected to begin this fall and is slated for a 2014 release.