Cameron Diaz comes out of retirement for Netflix movie with Jamie Foxx

Cameron Diaz is officially out of retirement.

The 49-year-old actor, who stepped back from Hollywood in 2018, will star alongside Jamie Foxx in Netflix’s action-comedy Back in Action. The project reunites Diaz and Foxx, who worked together on 1999’s sports drama Any Given Sunday and 2014’s annie remake, which was Diaz’s final film role before “retiring”.

Foxx made the announcement on Twitter, sharing audio from a phone call with Diaz, who can’t seem to find the words to tell the world that she’s returning to the silver screen. Listen to the clip above.

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Bobby Cannavale, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx attend the Annie photocall at Crosby Street Hotel on December 4, 2014 in New York City.
Cameron Diaz last appeared in the 2014 film Annie alongside co-stars Bobby Cannavale, Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx. (Getty)

“I don’t know how to do this, you know?” she says.

So Foxx brought in someone who knows a thing or two about returning to work after hanging up their hat: Tom Brady, who earlier this year retired from the NFL only to rejoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40 days later.

“I was talking to Jamie and he said you needed a few tips on how to un-retire,” Brady says. “I’m relatively successful at un-retiring.”

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Cameron Diaz at the There's Something About Mary Los Angeles Premiere in 1998.
Cameron Diaz was at the top of her game when she stpped away from acting in 2014. (Getty)

Diaz confirmed the news on her Instagram Story, writing, “Jamie Foxx, only you could get me back in action!!! I can’t frickin’ wait it’s gonna be a blast!”

Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is directing the movie from a script he wrote with Brendan O’Brien (bad neighborhoods). Plot details are being kept under wraps. According to Foxx, production is expected to begin later this year.

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Cameron Diaz comes out of retirement for Netflix movie with Jamie Foxx.
Cameron Diaz confirms she’s coming out of retirement for Netflix movie with Jamie Foxx. (Instagram)

Foxx is executive producing Back in Action with Datari Turner, O’Brien and Mark McNair. Producers are Beau Bauman (Central Intelligence) for Good One Productions and Gordon via Exhibit A.

One of the most bankable stars in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Diaz shot to fame after making her film debut in 1994’s The Mask opposite Jim Carrey. She later starred in a string of successful romantic comedies, including My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels and Shrek.

She announced her retirement in 2018, which meant the role of Miss Hannigan in annie marked Diaz’s final film performance. That is … until Foxx and Netflix came knocking.

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