Fresh off the series finale of Showtime’s bloody drama Dexter, star David Zayas will swap Miami for NYC as he joins the cast of the upcoming film remake of Annie, starring Quvenzhane Wallis.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zayas is on board to play Lou, a bodega owner who befriends Annie and crushes hard on Miss Hannigan (played by Cameron Diaz). The role appears like the movie’s answer to the stage musical’s Mr. Bundles, the friendly laundryman who pines for Miss Hannigan and (1977 spoiler alert!) helps Annie escape the orphanage.
The Will Gluck-directed film, produced by Will Smith and Jay Z, has already taken several creative turns from the stage show, including the re-imagining of Oliver Warbucks’ character as a young mayoral candidate named Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx). The rest of the cast includes Rose Byrne as Grace, Stacks’ assistant, Bobby Cannavale as a tough political advisor, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Stacks’ lovable bodyguard Nash.
Though Zayas is best known for his role as Batista on Dexter, the actor is also a veteran of HBO’s Oz, the short-lived crime series The Beat and the ensemble action blowout The Expendables. Zayas is also a stage actor, whose credits include Anna and the Tropics on Broadway and The Little Flower of East Orange, Our Lady of 121st Street and Jesus Hopped the A Train.