It’s a hard knock life! But not for our girl Taraji P. Henson who is coming off the pandemic booked and, most certainly, busy. Along with being on the frontlines of advocacy for mental health awareness, Taraji will be coming back to our screens in the live-action version of Annie set at NBC. The Academy Award nominee will step into the iconic role of Miss Hannigan, the ever mean head of the orphanage Annie lives at before being adopted by Daddy Warbucks.
Taraji P. Henson says, “Carol Burnett, who brought Miss Hannigan to life in the classic 1982 movie, is someone I have studied and idolized as far back as I can remember. So when the opportunity came to me to join NBC and this incredible group of producers, I jumped! Carol, I hope to do you proud!”
The production has yet to find a star to step into the title character but hopes to add a fresh young talent to a diverse and growing cast. Annie Live! is slated for a holiday season release of December 2nd. The beloved Tony award-winning musical has had many adaptations, including the 2014 remake produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, which starred Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis. The original film endeared itself into the hearts of many and remains a classic after all of these years.
NBC has struck gold with a series of live events, including The Wiz, The Jeffersons, and Jesus Christ Superstar, all of which premiered to rave reviews. We have no doubt our girl will bring every bit of her lovable and talented self to this production. We can’t wait to sit down and watch it with family before the holidays!