Many Were Shocked That The New Actress Playing Annie Is Black

    Initial opinions regarding the casting were mixed.

    The official trailer for the remake of Annie was released March 5.

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    Upon finding that Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis had been cast as Annie, some were seemingly appalled.

    Since when is Annie & Daddy Warbucks black..? #Annie2014

    I Black #Annie WTF!! Why not do a movie of a [White] Martin Luther too would be stupid!!!

    Naw, you guys are right, they should have at least warned us by changing the name to Blannie. #Annie Yo they're coming out with a new #Annie Movie!!! oh this is bringing me back.. Only problem is Annie wasn't black!!

    So this #Annie movie is all wrong. I wanna live in a colorless world but I will not stand for a black Annie. #EnoughSaid

    Wallis' skin color apparently was not the only point of contention.

    RT @JAErickson: Why Couldn't Jay-Z and Will Smith remake #Annie and still keep her a lil' white redhead? This looks horrendous. < :/

    Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan I don't have a problem with #Annie being black, I have a problem with Annie not being ginger with freckles

    They've remade #Annie??? This is truly a sad day for the #ginger population...

    "@ENews: trailer for #Annie is here!" This is so offensive! Her hair isn't nearly red enough! #scandal

    Many responded in the movie's defense.

    Hey people pissed off about #Annie remake we'll give you back that role when you give us back Cleopatra, Alexandre Dumas and Jesus...lmbo

    if you're mad because the remake of #annie has an actress who isn't white, freckled, red haired.. please drown yourself in the nearest pool.

    so what if the new Annie is black? I love this musical I am super excited they've made a movie! oh yay #anniemovie

    White racists can enjoy to old #Annie. Black racist can enjoy the new one. And the rest of us can enjoy both. #Solution

    No amount of backlash can trump a young girl seeing a black #Annie and feeling, briefly, at home in her skin. #Representation is everything.

    The new version of Annie will hit theaters this Christmas.