Cameron Diaz has not appeared in a film in eight years, but she’s set to step out of retirement and act alongside Jamie Foxx in the upcoming Netflix film Back in Action.
During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Diaz was asked about the decision to come out of retirement for the role. According to Diaz, the title of the film immediately drew her in, and despite being nervous and excited, getting back into the feel of acting didn’t take too long for the actress.
“I was like, so hey, guys, what’s the title of this? And they were like Back in Action,” Diaz jokes. “I was like oh! I can really feel very connected to this character already…It’s a little bit of muscle memory, you know what I mean? I did that for so long, it’s kind of like the process — I just fell back into it. But it feels a little bit different.”
Diaz also touched on getting to work with Foxx once again, following the pair’s work together in the 2014 film Annie and in the hit 1999 film Any Given Sunday. According to Diaz, getting to reunite with an old friend was a great draw for the film.
“The last movie I made was Annie with Jamie, and so the first movie back is this film with Jamie,” said Diaz. “He’s so great, he’s so easy, he’s so professional, he’s so talented. And just being able to work with him, it’ll be so much fun.”
Back in Action is set to be directed by Seth Gordon (Identity Thief) from a script he has written with Brendan O’Brien (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates). There are currently no details on the plot of the film. The film will be produced by Beau Bauman for Good One Productions and Seth Gordon for Exhibit A. Executive producers will be Foxx with Datari Turner, O’Brien, and Mark McNair.