Bobby Cannavale Joins The Cast Of "Annie" Opposite QuvenzhanÉ Wallis, Jamie Foxx, And Cameron Diaz

CULVER CITY, Calif., August 19, 2013 - Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Tony Award nominee Bobby Cannavale in Columbia Pictures' Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Cannavale will play the role of Guy, a bulldog political advisor to Foxx's character as he runs for mayor of New York. Annie is slated for release on Christmas Day, 2014. The cast also includes Rose Byrne.

Annie is being directed and produced by Gluck and produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith through Marcy Media. Gluck is currently revising the film's screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play "Annie," book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on "Little Orphan Annie," © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc. The film is being overseen at the studio by Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin.

Bobby Cannavale currently can be seen in Woody Allen's critically acclaimed film Blue Jasmine with Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins. Upcoming films for the actor include the Jon Favreau-directed Chef, in which he stars alongside Favreau and Scarlett Johansson, and Imagine, with Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner and Annette Bening , directed by Dan Fogelman. Cannavale, already an Emmy Award winner, has been nominated for two Emmys this year - in the comedy category for "Nurse Jackie" and in drama for "Boardwalk Empire." He was nominated for his second Tony Award for his performance alongside Chris Rock in "The Motherf**ker with the Hat."

Cannavale is represented by ICM Partners, Framework Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams

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About Overbrook Entertainment
Overbrook Entertainment, founded by partners James Lassiter, Will Smith and run along with partner Jada Pinkett Smith, is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment focused in film and television and has produced a diverse slate of both critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films, which have generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts and even more in home video sales.

Some of Overbrook's most successful films include ALI, HITCH, PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, SECRET LIVES OF BEES, and THE KARATE KID. They are also producing Queen Latifah's syndicated daytime talk show with Sony Pictures Television that will premiere this fall.

Steve Elzer
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Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
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