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Willow Smith to head star-studded 'Annie' remake

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  • Classic tale will be revamped into film produced by Will Smith
  • Jay-Z will be writing music, Will Smith is producing and Emma Thompson is writing the screenplay
Willow Smith to head star-studded 'Annie' remake
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“Annie” is getting a celebrity overhaul with the help of Jay-Z, Emma Thompson, Will Smith and his daughter Willow Smith!

According to Variety, the classic orphan tale will be revamped into a movie, with the former Fresh Prince producing and his 11-year-old daughter, Willow (of “Whip my Hair” fame) starring in the role.

Hip hop superstar Jay-Z will be writing the music for the film, giving it a decidedly more urban, updated feel. In addition, Will Smith’s “Men in Black 3” co-star Emma Thompson will be writing the film’s screenplay, something she has been working on for nearly three years, according to the BBC.

Thompson tells the BBC she is excited to meet with the other big names attached to the film to get started on the project, which has been a labor of love for her.

"In the autumn, we get to go to L.A. to work with Willow and work on more of the script," said Thompson.

"Jay-Z has already started working on the music. We will start shooting in the spring in New York."

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