Jamie Foxx connected Cameron Diaz with Tom Brady to convince her to come out of her 8-year retirement from acting

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Cameron Diaz in a jacket and jeans
Cameron Diaz.Tibrina Hobson/Getty
  • Cameron Diaz is returning to movies after an eight year hiatus.

  • She will star in the upcoming Netflix movie "Back in Action," which begins production later this year.

  • Costar Jamie Foxx tweeted out the news on Wednesday, which Diaz also shared on her Instagram.

Cameron Diaz is coming back to the big screen.

After an eight-year hiatus from Hollywood, the actress will star opposite Jamie Foxx in the upcoming Netflix movie "Back in Action." Fox revealed the news in a tweet on Wednesday.

The tweet features a phone call between Foxx and Diaz in which Foxx tries to help with Diaz's nerves about coming back to act by connecting her with NFL quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl champ announced his retirement from football in January only to unretire a few months later.

"I was talking to Jamie and he said you needed a few tips on how to un-retire," Brady said in the phone call with Diaz. "I'm relatively successful at un-retiring."

Diaz has since posted the phone conversation with Foxx and Brady on an Instagram story along with the text: "Jamie Foxx, only you could get me back in action!!! I can't frickin wait it's gonna be a blast!"

"Back in Action," which will mark Diaz's first movie since the 2014 musical comedy "Annie," will be directed by Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses"). Details on what the movie is about are under wraps. Foxx noted in his tweet that production will begin later this year.

This is not the first time Diaz and Foxx have starred in a movie together. The two previously were cast together in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday" and they both starred in Diaz's last movie, "Annie."

Diaz is known best for starring in a string of hits through the 1990s and 2000s including "The Mask," "There's Something About Mary," "Vanilla Sky," "The Sweetest Thing," and the "Charlies Angels" franchise.

Jamie Foxx in a hat and jacket standing next to Cameron Diaz in a black sweater
Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz at the 2014 premiere of "Annie."David M. Benett/WireImage/Getty

Since 2014, Diaz has focused on building a family. Diaz married the lead guitarist of Good Charlotte, Benji Madden, in 2015. They welcomed daughter Raddix in December 2019.

Diaz, 49, told Kevin Hart last August that she quit acting because she hated that at the peak of her fame "every aspect" of her life was handed off to someone.

"For me, I just really wanted to make my life manageable by me," she said on Hart's Peacock talk show, "Hart to Heart." "My routine in a day is literally what I can manage to do by myself."

Since that change, Diaz said, "I feel whole."

"I met my husband, we started a family, all those things I didn't have time for before," Diaz said. "Actually, not just have the time for but didn't have the space to make the right decisions for me at the time to bring that in."

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