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Harry Connick Jr. cast as Daddy Warbucks in NBC Annie Live! special… joining Taraji P. Henson

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Harry Connick Jr. has been cast in the iconic role of billionaire Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks in the upcoming Annie Live! special on NBC.

The cast seems to be shaping up nicely as he will join Taraji P. Henson who will star as beloved character Miss Hannigan in the one night only event set to air on December 2.

Easy Street: Harry Connick Jr. (seen in November 2019) has been cast in the iconic role of billionaire Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks in the upcoming Annie Live! special on NBC

Big shoes to fill: The role was most recently done by Jamie Foxx in the 2014 feature film Annie

Big shoes to fill: The role was most recently done by Jamie Foxx in the 2014 feature film Annie

Connick Jr., 53, will follow in the footsteps of several talented actors who have took on the role including Jamie Foxx in 2014, Victor Garber in 1999, Edgar Kennedy in 1932, and perhaps the best known Albert Finney in 1982.

The Hope Floats actor is definitely excited about taking on the role as he told People on Monday: ‘It’s such a classic show and it’s a show that I’m so familiar with, just from seeing it a million times.

‘And it’s one of those things where you watch it and enjoy it and never really imagine yourself a part of it, so when I was asked to play Daddy Warbucks it was kind of surreal because that’s such an iconic role.’

Star-studded: The cast seems to be shaping up nicely as he will join Taraji P. Henson (seen on Sunday at the BET Awards) who will star as beloved character Miss Hannigan in the one night only event set to air on December 2

Star-studded: The cast seems to be shaping up nicely as he will join Taraji P. Henson (seen on Sunday at the BET Awards) who will star as beloved character Miss Hannigan in the one night only event set to air on December 2

Hard Knock Life: Connick Jr., 53, will follow in the footsteps of several talented actors who have took on the role including Jamie Foxx in 2014, Victor Garber in 1999 (pictured), Edgar Kennedy in 1932, and perhaps the best known Albert Finney in 1982

Hard Knock Life: Connick Jr., 53, will follow in the footsteps of several talented actors who have took on the role including Jamie Foxx in 2014, Victor Garber in 1999 (pictured), Edgar Kennedy in 1932, and perhaps the best known Albert Finney in 1982

Iconic: Harry said that he is very familiar with the role as he has watched the 1982 film (Finney is pictured in the Daddy Warbucks role) with his three daughters - Georgia, 25, Sarah, 23, and Charlotte, 19 - who he shares with wife Jill Goodacre as they have been married since 1994

Iconic: Harry said that he is very familiar with the role as he has watched the 1982 film (Finney is pictured in the Daddy Warbucks role) with his three daughters – Georgia, 25, Sarah, 23, and Charlotte, 19 – who he shares with wife Jill Goodacre as they have been married since 1994

He added that even if getting the role wasn’t ever something he had thought about, he was ‘thrilled’ to be asked to do it.

Harry said that he is very familiar with the role as he has watched the 1982 film with his three daughters –  Georgia, 25, Sarah, 23, and Charlotte, 19 – who he shares with wife Jill Goodacre as they have been married since 1994.

He explained: ‘I’ve seen the Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Albert Finney version dozens of times probably because all three of our daughters love that show and the performances are so great.’ 

Though the rest of the cast has still yet to be announced, Harry is also very excited about getting to share the screen with Oscar-nominee Taraji.

The Hope Floats actor (seen in December 2019) is definitely excited about taking on the role as he told People on Monday: 'It's such a classic show and it's a show that I'm so familiar with, just from seeing it a million times'

The Hope Floats actor (seen in December 2019) is definitely excited about taking on the role as he told People on Monday: ‘It’s such a classic show and it’s a show that I’m so familiar with, just from seeing it a million times’

Of the talented Empire actress, Connick said: ‘I absolutely love her. She’s just one of those super, super talented – multi-talented – people that are very rare and I’m a huge fan. 

‘I’m really excited to not only be around her and get to work with her, but just to kind of watch her work and see what makes that big brain that she has tick. It’s going to be be a really fun experience for me.’

Earlier this month it was announced that Taraji would be playing Miss Hannigan. 

The 50-year-old actress admitted she ‘jumped’ at the opportunity to play the head of the orphanage where Annie lives, an iconic role made famous by Carol Burnett in the 1982 movie.

'I absolutely love her': Though the rest of the cast has still yet to be announced, Harry is also very excited about getting to share the screen with Oscar-nominee Taraji; seen in 2020

‘I absolutely love her’: Though the rest of the cast has still yet to be announced, Harry is also very excited about getting to share the screen with Oscar-nominee Taraji; seen in 2020

‘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,’ Henson said in a statement. 

‘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!’ 

Many notable names have portrayed the eccentric matriarch on screen and on stage, including Kathy Bates, Cameron Diaz, Jayne Lynch, Nell Carter, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sally Struthers, Jo Anne Worley, and Faith Prince.

Big shoes to fill: The 50-year-old actress admitted she 'jumped' at the opportunity to play the head of the orphanage where Annie lives, an iconic role made famous by Carol Burnett in the 1982 movie

Big shoes to fill: The 50-year-old actress admitted she ‘jumped’ at the opportunity to play the head of the orphanage where Annie lives, an iconic role made famous by Carol Burnett in the 1982 movie

Classic: The 1982 film was directed by John Huston and starred Aileen Quinn as Annie, and also starred Bernadette Peter, Tim Curry and Albert Finney

Classic: The 1982 film was directed by John Huston and starred Aileen Quinn as Annie, and also starred Bernadette Peter, Tim Curry and Albert Finney

NBCUniversal Television and Streaming’s Chairman, Entertainment Content, Susan Rovner, said that Henson’s casting: ‘will be a thrill that has all the makings of must-watch television.’

‘When we decided to bring back NBC’s holiday musical tradition, we were looking for something that was critically acclaimed and universally beloved – and while that’s definitely the case with Annie, it absolutely applies to Taraji as well.’

As for the leading role of Annie, the network is still searching for ‘a young, future star of any ethnicity to bring optimism, spunk, honesty and a wisdom beyond their years to the classic role.’

'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,' Henson said in a statement. '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!' (seen in 2020)

‘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,’ Henson said in a statement. ‘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!’ (seen in 2020)

Annie Live! will air on Dec. 2 on NBC and mark the sixth live musical for the Peacock network.

The Sound of Music Live! kicked off the musical events for NBC in 2013, which has since included Peter Pan Live! in 2014, The Wiz Live! in 2015, 2016’s Hairspray Live! and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert in 2018.

Each musical has been executive produced by Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron, who are also returning for Annie.

Lear deBessonet will direct while Alex Rudzinski — whose live musical credits include Grease Live! and Rent: Live — will serve as live television director and executive producer.

Classic character: Many notable names have portrayed the eccentric matriarch on screen and on stage, including Kathy Bates, Cameron Diaz, Jayne Lynch, Nell Carter, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sally Struthers, Jo Anne Worley, and Faith Prince

Classic character: Many notable names have portrayed the eccentric matriarch on screen and on stage, including Kathy Bates, Cameron Diaz, Jayne Lynch, Nell Carter, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sally Struthers, Jo Anne Worley, and Faith Prince


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