Jamie Foxx has been hard at work filming scenes in New York for the upcoming remake of Annie, in which he stars as Benjamin Stacks – aka Daddy Warbucks.

Annie Remake Films In NYC

Playing the eponymous orphan is Beasts of the Southern Wild star and Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis. Cameron Diaz plays Miss Hannigan, the often-intoxicated and perpetually harassed runner of the girls orphanage. Bridesmaids actress Rose Byrne is taking on the role of Stack’s assistant Grace.

Foxx, Wallis, Diaz and Byrne all took to the streets of Harlem on Monday to perform a collaborative rendition of “Tomorrow” before a captive audience. They were backed by a large marching band as red balloons fell all around them.

The remake of the classic Broadway musical is being produced by Jay-Z, who has teamed up with Will Smith to create the film’s score. Will Gluck, who co-wrote the screenplay with Aline Brosh McKenna, is helming the project.

The original Broadway musical Annie, based on the Little Orphan Annie comic, debuted in 1977 to critical acclaim, winning seven Tony awards. It was first adapted for the big screen in 1982 starring Aileen Quinn as Annie, Albert Finney as Warbucks and Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan.

Annie is slated for release in December 2014. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Bobby Cannavale and David Zayas also star.

– Chelsea Regan

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