“To End! Some Good News!” director Nancy Meyers wrote on Instagram Wednesday, captioning a screenshot headline announcing that Cameron Diaz would be coming out of acting retirement for a Netflix movie with Jamie Foxx. A well titled action comedy Back to action the film marks Diaz’s first screen role in eight years.
Foxx revealed the news on Twitter, sharing audio of his phone call with an “anxious” Diaz. “I don’t know how to do this, you know?” she told him. The Oscar-winning actress then enlisted Tom Brady for the call, who admitted he was “relatively successful in not retiring.” (The NFL player joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers less than two months after announcing his retirement.)
Back to action reunites Diaz and Foxx, who first worked together on Pierre Olivierit is Any Sunday in 1999. Horrible bosses director Seth Gordon is directing the film, having also written the screenplay with Neighbors scribe Brendan O’Brien. The co-stars last shared the screen as Miss Hannigan and Will Stacks (aka Daddy Warbucks), respectively, in 2014. Anne remake, which marked Diaz’s final feature film.
Diaz’s final year as an actor was major. She starred in three studio films—The other woman, sex tape, and Anna. While promoting these projects, Diaz experienced the fickle ups and downs of the industry. In a year that has seen its host Saturday Night Live for the fourth time and earn a place among Forbesit is highest paid actressesDiaz won Worst Actress at the Razzies for two of her three critical projects.
For two decades prior, Diaz had made at least one movie every year, starting with his debut alongside jim carrey in The mask and followed by lucrative successes including My best friend’s wedding, there’s something about Mary, Charlie’s Angels, and Shrek. And then, at the height of her Hollywood exposure, she disappeared.
Well, not entirely. In 2015, Diaz got married Benji Madden after seven months of dating, and they welcomed their daughter, radix, in December 2019. Professionally, she turned to wellness, releasing 2013 The body book and its 2016 follow-up, The book of longevity both centered on health and aging. Diaz also launched an organic wine label, Avaline, and publicly reunited with famous costars such as Drew Barrymore and JuliaRobert.
Diaz has not confirmed that she has “actually retired” to act through 2018, while celebrating the anniversary of his 2002 comedy, The sweetest thing. After that, the actor began to explain why she walked away. “When you make a movie…they own you,” Diaz Told Gwyneth Paltrow during a 2020 conversation for Paltrow’s Goop. “You are there 12 hours a day. For months you have no time for anything else. I realized that I had entrusted parts of my life to all these other people, and they took it.