Taraji P. Henson has landed a role in NBC‘s upcoming production of the classic musical, Annie. In NBC‘s upcoming project, Henson will play the role of Miss Hannigan, the lead antagonist of the musical.
“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,” Susan Rovner of NBC told Variety.
“Watching her take on this iconic role will be a thrill that has all the makings of must-watch television.”
Annie was first introduced to the world in 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. Over the last 45 years, the musical has made its way around the world and landed on Broadway multiple times. Also, the theatrical production has been adapted into a film three times. In fact, the first film adaptation in 1982 earned not one, but two Academy nominations.
“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 about her new role.
“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!”
Rehearsals for the live production are set to take place in October and November. The final product is set to air on NBC this December.