Daddy Warbucks, the rumors are true: Jay-Z will be overseeing music for a remake of the musical Annie and will contribute original tracks. That's according to British actress Emma Thompson, who is writing the film, as she confirmed — along with Jay-Z's involvement — to BBC and the U.K. Press Association. The movie is being produced by Will Smith and will star his daughter, hair-whipping Jay-Z signee and noted Odd Future fan Willow Smith.
"I think it's a very good combination," Thompson told the BBC. She added that film's management was hoping to choose a director as early as this week. Thompson is pumped about the project, according to the Press Association, which quotes her as saying: "I'm writing a modern version of Annie for Willow to play, which I'm so excited about because Jay-Z is going to do the music — oh my God I'm so modern! So I am very thrilled about that."
The movie will take place in present-day New York and will include new songs, according to Thompson's interview with the BBC. Some of the old songs won't make the cut, but Thompson eases any concerns that the new Annie will leave out the old standby "Tomorrow" — "that's in, weirdly," she's quoted as saying. Filming reportedly starts early next year, and Thompson confirms that Willow Smith will play the title role, adding, "That's if she doesn't get too tall." So we know Willow won't be doing any "Got Milk?" ads in the coming months.