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Cameron Diaz is coming out of retirement for a new Netflix movie

The actress stepped away from movies in 2014 after 20 years

Jon Hornbuckle
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Jon Hornbuckle

Do call it a comeback, because Cameron Diaz is stepping out of retirement to star opposite Jamie Foxx in a new Netflix comedy movie. 

Directed by Horrible Bosses’s Seth Gordon, the aptly-named Back in Action is due out next year and will see Diaz and Foxx reunite after starring together in 2014’s Annie. That remake of the movie musical turned out to be the last project Diaz would work on before announcing her retirement.

Foxx shared a phone call between the pair, in which he roped in American football legend Tom Brady to give Diaz ‘tips on how to unretire’, after the sportsman backtracked on his decision to hang up his NFL gear earlier this year.

‘I’m so anxious right now. I’m like pacing the room… I feel excited but, I don’t know how to do this, y’know?’, Diaz told her co-star.

Brady told the actress: ‘I was talking to Jamie and he said you need a few tips on how to un-retire. I’m relatively successful at un-retiring.’

After making her debut opposite Jim Carrey in 1994 comedy The Mask, Diaz went on to star in some of the biggest movies of the following two decades.

Perhaps best known for her roles in the Shrek and Charlie’s Angels franchises, Diaz also became known for romantic comedies such as The Holiday, and darker-edged dramas like Gangs of New York and Vanilla Sky.

Speaking in 2021 about her decision to step away from acting, Diaz explained the decision was for her ‘personal, spiritual self’.

‘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, I feel whole… I met my husband, we started a family – all the things I didn’t have time for before. And not just the time for, but didn’t have the space to make the decisions, the right decisions for me at the time,’ Diaz told Kevin Hart on his talk show Hart to Heart.

Listen to Diaz announcing the end of her retirement in the audio below.

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