He released his hit single, Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) sampling music from the 1982 original musical of Annie in 1998, and now Jay Z’s updated version of the musical is closer to becoming reality.
Mr Z – who, with wife Beyonce, is one half of the world’s highest paid celebrity couples – has been working on lyrics and music for a new version of the musical that is set to star Willow Smith in the titular role – and actress and screen-writer Emma Thompson has been working on the script.
‘I have been writing the script for nearly three years, it's exciting,’ Emma told the BBC late last week. ‘In the autumn, we get to go to LA to work with Willow and work on more of the script. Jay-Z has already started working on the music. We will start shooting in the spring in New York.’