Alright, so, the headline. It’s a fact. Justin Timberlake could play Daddy Warbucks in a new movie version of Annie. I mean, anyone could play Daddy Warbucks in a new movie version of Annie. Jon Hamm. Seth MacFarlane. David Copperfield. Martin Short. Charlize Theron. The dead body of Johnny Cash. Joaquin Phoenix in character as Johnny Cash. Your mom. Denzel Washington. Annie Potts. Sally Struthers. Lena Dunham. Angela Bassett. See what I’m saying? Literally anyone can play Daddy Warbucks, but not just anyone should play Daddy Warbucks. The person to play Daddy Warbucks should, well, be old and white, probably. And preferably male. Justin Timberlake should not play Daddy Warbucks, but Justin Timberlake might play Daddy Warbucks.
Of course, tell that to the New York Post, who published this "news" "item":
Justin Timberlake could team with Jay-Z yet again. Hollywood sources are buzzing that JT’s being considered to star as Daddy Warbucks, opposite Quvenzhané Wallis, in the upcoming Jay-Z and Will Smith-produced remake of “Annie.” JT, who has the single “Suit & Tie” with Jay, and an impending tour, has been honing his acting chops with roles in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” and the Ben Affleck film “Runner, Runner.” But a rep for Sony said of JT’s role, “Not true.”
Let’s hope that anonymous Sony rep is being honest. Can you imagine? Imagine the implications of Justin Timberlake saving poor little Quvenzhané Wallis from the despair of impoverished orphanhood. Through song and dance. I mean, really, Black Annie and White Daddy Warbucks probably says a whole lot about race in America already, but Justin TImberlake, who is basically delivering comfortable and non-threatening R&B music to our moms, really makes it much more complicated, huh?
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