First of all, shouts out to PITNBr Erica Croce for putting me on to this story. And shouts out to Grantland writer Rembert Browne for composing a hilarious write-up on what really is a hilarious casting report. So. We’ve been hearing a little bit about Jay-Z and Will Smith‘s upcoming Annie remake and so far the news has been good (I think). I was excited when Quenvenzhané Wallis was cast in the lead, and I was cracking up when we heard that rumor about Justin Timberlake playing Daddy Warbucks. Well, we now know that this was indeed just a rumor because Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx has been cast in the role, only his name will be Benjamin Stacks, which is hilarious if you think about it. Click inside for more!
If you don’t quite get why Benjamin Stacks is, like, the best/worst name-change from Daddy Warbucks, you must not have read Rembert Browne’s article at Grantland, titled ‘Jamie Foxx Is Playing a Character Named ‘Benjamin Stacks’ in the Remake of Annie. Here’s How We Got to This Point.‘ LMAO. He begins with this hilarious timeline of historical events and I just have to share it here:
1706: Benjamin Franklin is born.
1885: James Whitcomb Riley writes the poem “Little Orphant Annie.”
1914: Benjamin Franklin’s face makes first appearance on $100 bill.
1924: The New York Daily News begins running Harold Gray’s comic strip “Little Orphan Annie.”
1930: The comic strip is adapted into a popular radio show.
1932: The first film adaptation, Little Orphan Annie, is released and panned.
1938: The second film adaptation, Little Orphan Annie, is released and panned.
1969: Shawn Carter, younger brother of Andrea “Annie” Carter (frequent dresser and shampooer), is born.
1977: The Broadway phenomenon Annie opens, includes song “It’s the Hard-Knock Life.”
1982: The first film adaptation of Annie is released, nominated for an Oscar for “Best Adaptation Score.”
1994: Jamie Foxx releases debut album, Peep This, which peaks at no. 78 on the Billboard 200.
1995: Will Smith lands his first executive producer credit, for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Season 6, Episode 1.
1997: Puff Daddy releases “It’s All About the Benjamins.”
1997: Jay-Z hears DJ Kid Capri play the instrumental to “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” on the Puff Daddy and the Family World Tour, is reminded of childhood.
1998: Jay-Z releases “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).”
2000: Willow Smith is born to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
2000: Jay-Z releases “Anything,” heavily reliant on a sample from Oliver!
2002: All About the Benjamins is released in theaters, starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps.
2003: “Caddy more trucks, it’s Daddy Warbucks. And you orphan Annie” — Cam’ron, “I Really Mean It” (Roc-A-Fella Records).
2003: Quvenzhané Wallis is born.
2003: “From O’s to opposite of Orphan Annie” — Jay-Z, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” (Roc-A-Fella Records).
2007: André Benjamin refers to himself as “Three Stacks” three times in UGK’s “International Players Anthem (I Choose You).”
2009: Jay-Z joins Will Smith to executive produce Fela! on Broadway, proving his love for Broadway shows with exclamation points in their titles.
2013: A$AP Rocky makes reference to “Benjamin 3 Stack” in song “Wild for the Night.”
When I got to the Cam’Ron reference, I was just done. LMAO! But you gotta read the rest of the article HERE. So, what’s happening here… really? If this is gonna be a Hip-Hop-inspired production of Annie I’m fine with that– I just need to know up front.
After hearing some of Jay-Z‘s work as the producer of The Great Gatsby soundtrack, I trust him entirely to pull pretty much anything together. And, obviously, Jamie Foxx is amazing and will make a great Daddy, um, Benjamin Stacks. Again, I just need more details about how this movie is going down.
OMG, Benjamin Stacks. I can’t. I love it. I hate it. I can’t.