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'Retired' Cameron Diaz set for comeback with Jamie Foxx, fans say it has to be 'good omen'

Foxx, who starred alongside Diaz in two movies, previously had some help from NFL star Tom Brady who gave her 'un-retiring' tips
UPDATED JUN 30, 2022
Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz (Getty Images)
Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz (Getty Images)

Cameron Diaz has officially unretired. The 'Charlie's Angels' star will be teaming up with a familiar face in Jamie Foxx for the third time in her decorated acting career, this time for a Netflix movie. The move to bring Diaz back also saw Foxx enlist NFL star and seven-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady who played his part in getting the 49-year-old to come out of retirement.

Foxx and Diaz will share screen space in Netflix's action-comedy 'Back in Action'. The duo worked together in 'Any Given Sunday' (1999) and 'Annie' (2014) which was her last project before he hung up her boots. The announcement was made on Twitter with Foxx sharing a recording of the phone call with an anxious Diaz. “I don’t know how to do this, you know?” she's heard saying to which Foxx patches the call to Brady. “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," the QB said.

Brady retired from the NFL earlier this year, only to get back to the sport 40 days later. He will suit up with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers for the third time in a row. Meanwhile, reactions to Diaz's comeback were mostly positive from fans, while some felt she was better off retired. "Cameron Diaz is coming out of retirement. This has to be a good omen," one of the tweets read. This was seconded by another who tweeted: "Cameron Diaz coming out of retirement, Anne Hathaway going viral and Kate Hudson being in Knives Out 2. The earth is healing"

"The movie Cameron Diaz and Jamie fox are supposed to be in, I will not be watching it if it’s not in theaters @netflix" a comment read. "She was type-cast in comedies, so her talent for drama was rarely showcased. She was absolutely chilling in "The Counselor", one of my favorite movies. I love it when the female lead is a super-smart villain who gets away with EVERYTHING. #CameronDiaz," one of the fans remarked. "Cameron Diaz came back to acting after her retirement and it's NOT for Shrek 5? Blasphemy," a comment said.

However, there were a few naysayers as well. "Seriously, who is Cameron Diaz? Was she famous once? In the silent film era? The early days of talkies?" one of the fans said. "everything is super expensive and although she's in the wine business now, the decision to come out of retirement to add more millions to her bank account, was probably an easy one," another opined. "Well, I mean, ya GOTTA come out of retirement for a Netflix movie with Jamie Foxx. Those opportunities don’t grow on trees," a fan exclaimed.









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