WHO’S IN IT?

Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine), Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity), Tracie Thoms (The Devil Wears Prada), Dorian Missick (The Manchurian Candidate), David Zayas (Dexter), Nicolette Pierini (The Magic of Belle Isle), Amanda Troya (film debut), Eden Duncan-Smith (film debut)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Will Gluck (Easy A), director, writer, producer; Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), writer; Jay Brown (film debut), James Lassiter (The Karate Kid), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Secret Life of Bees), Caleeb Pinkett (After Earth), Tyran Smith (film debut), Will Smith (Hancock) and Jay-Z (The Great Gatsby), producers; Greg Kurstin (film debut), composer; Michael Grady (Friends with Benefits), cinematography; Tia Nolan (Bewitched), editor

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Annie (Wallis) is a foster child who, despite living with cruel foster mother Miss Hannigan (Diaz), remains happy and strong enough to survive the streets of New York. When she is saved one day from an oncoming vehicle by Will Stacks (Foxx), a hardened tycoon and mayoral candidate, he is convinced by personal assistant Grace (Byrne) and campaign manager Guy (Cannavale) to take Annie in as a thinly-disguised publicity move. However, it’s not long before Annie lends her charm to the uptight billionaire…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

Whether or not you like the musical Annie to begin with, you can’t deny its effect on audiences and this updated version will have them – and very possibly you, too – singing and dancing until tomorrow (pun intended).

WHEN’S IT OUT?

SATURDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2014