The 2014 rendition of Annie shows the popular play on the big screen

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Jenna Simons, Eastside Staff

Child actress Quvenzhané Wallis will star as Annie, a foster child with the dream of eventually being reunited with her biological family, in the 2014 rendition of the classic musical Annie. Directed by Will Gluck, the modern version of the musical will follow the same basic storyline as the original, but with a few twists.

Annie has been living the hard knock life in a foster home with the mean Miss Hannigan, her foster mother, played by Cameron Diaz.

The sun seems to come out for Annie when she runs into New York City mayor candidate Will Stacks, played by Jamie Foxx, who saves her from being hit by a van.

Stacks’ Vice President candidate, Grace, played by Rose Byrne, and his campaign adviser, Guy, played by Bobby Cannavale, use Annie as great publicity after a photo of Stacks saving Annie appears on social media. Stacks takes Annie into his home to bring the publicity to the next level.

The relationship between Stacks and Annie that started as a publicity stunt to give him the edge over the other candidates turns into much more once Stacks starts becoming attached to Annie and actually caring about her.

But, once Grace and Guy have success in their hunt to find Annie’s biological parents, will everything be ruined?

This PG-rated comedy hits the theaters on Dec. 19. Annie claims to be the “movie event of the holiday season” and hopefully will live up to the expectations exceeded by previous renditions of the classic play.