Cameron Diaz is coming out of retirement for a Netflix film titled Back in Action, in which she’ll star opposite Jamie Foxx (Day Shift).
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 teased the new project on Twitter via an audio clip of a phone conversation with Diaz, who confesses that she’s “so excited” yet “anxious” about getting back into acting. Says Diaz, “I don’t know how to do this, you know?
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.”
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!”
Cameron I hope you aren’t mad I recorded this, but no turning back now. Had to call in the GOAT to bring back another GOAT. @CameronDiaz and I are BACK IN ACTION – our new movie with @NetflixFilm. Production starting later this year!! 🦊🐐 pic.twitter.com/vyaGrUmbWb— Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) June 29, 2022
Speaking to actor and comedian Kevin Hart on his talk show, Hart to Heart, Diaz said her decision to step away from Hollywood had allowed her to better manage her schedule as a new mother.
“I just looked around and there were so many parts of my life that I wasn’t touching and that I wasn’t managing, and I couldn’t really manage, because everything was so massive,” she told Kevin Hart in a 2021 appearance on his “Hart to Heart” podcast. “For me, I just really wanted to make my life manageable by me. My routine in a day is literally what I can manage to do by myself. It’s the best feeling.”
Diaz is a four-time Golden Globe nominee, and is best known for her turns in such films as Bad Teacher, Knight and Day, the Shrek and Charlie’s Angels franchises, My Sister’s Keeper, What Happens in Vegas, The Holiday, Gangs of New York, Vanilla Sky, Any Given Sunday, Being John Malkovich and There’s Something About Mary, among many others. Whether she’ll be back to acting consistently on the heels of Back in Action is not yet clear.