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Annie musical takes shape
Willow Smith. Picture: Reuters/Joshua Roberts

Will Smith and Jay-Z's Annie movie musical is taking shape after a writer was reportedly drafted in to revamp Emma Thompson's first draft.

It was claimed last month that Aline Brosh McKenna was putting the finishing touches to the screenplay for the project, which is being billed as a hip-hop remake of the beloved family tale.

Smith and Jay-Z are producing the film, which will star Smith's daughter Willow as the singing orphan.

Thompson has revealed that filming should begin in early 2013.

"I have been writing the script for nearly three years, it's exciting. In the autumn, we get to go to LA to work with Willow and work on more of the script," Thompson tells BBC's Newsbeat.

"Jay-Z has already started working on the music. We will start shooting in the spring in New York."

Speaking about her leading lady, Thompson adds, "I really like Willow. She is getting so tall. I mean both Willow and (brother) Jayden are remarkable."