Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx is in talks to star in the remake of musical film Annie.

The 45-year-old star is said to be in negotiations to play a variation of the classic Daddy Warbucks character in Sony Pictures' remake of the musical film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The musical will be directed by Will Gluck (Easy A) and was written by Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee).

Will Smith, whose daughter Willow was originally set to star as Annie before dropping out of the role last year, will co-produce the movie with his wife Jada-Pinkett Smith.

Jay-Z, who recently scored the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby, will compose the film's soundtrack.

Annie is set to be filmed later this year for a 2014 release.