LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz is to play mean-spirited orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the new movie musical "Annie," Columbia Pictures said.
E! said Sandra Bullock had been in talks for the role, but decided to pass.
Diaz' casting as Miss Hannigan was announced Thursday.
Will Smith and Jay-Z are producing the film, which will co-star Jamie Foxx as a Daddy Warbucks–like billionaire character and Oscar-nominated child actress Quvenzhane Wallis as the adorable titular orphan.
Diaz' big-screen roles include "The Mask," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Gangs of New York," "Vanilla Sky," "Charlie's Angels" and "Bad Teacher."
E! said "Annie" will mark her first big-screen musical.