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Quvenzhane Wallis: 'Annie' in Will Smith's Remake (Confirmed!)

Quvenzhane Wallis: 'Annie' in Will Smith's Remake (Confirmed!)

Quvenzhane Wallis has been confirmed to play the title role in a remake of the beloved musical Annie!

The nine-year-old actress is nominated for an Oscar for her lead performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild and is the youngest person to ever be nominated in the Best Actress category!

Annie will be produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z and directed by Easy A‘s Will Gluck with a screenplay originally written by Emma Thompson. The film will be released in the holiday season of 2014.

“With the recent Academy Award® nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star. She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her,” Sony Pictures’ President of Production Hannah Minghella said in a statement.

Will‘s daughter Willow Smith was originally intended to play the role, but after the project got delayed, she grew out of the role and decided to drop out.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Quvenzhane Wallis playing the title role in Annie?

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  • lala

    fantastic actress but can she sing?
    willow is a great singer so i wonder if she has a good voice as well.

  • talia

    that’s great new for Quvenzhane, think she will go far in the business and maybe she will even get a second acadmey nomination before she is 18

  • Toni

    I havent seen any movies with her, has anyone heard her sing yet?

    She’s ADORABLE, I’ll definantly see it :D

  • sdf

    I love Quvenzhane…with that being said. Please don’t remake Annie. I’m black and I love the original Annie. We do not need a black version!!!

  • Maria

    she’s perfect! she can carry a tune too.

  • Lauren

    There’s a Black movie version of the Wizard of Oz that stars Diana Ross and Micheal jackson called “The Wiz” and it’s a great movie. They remake everything else. Why not “Annie”?

  • the_boyfriend

    is she going to wear a Red wig?

  • Cate

    Congratulations Quvenzhané! She will make a great Annie.

  • Nicole

    I don’t know… Annie has always been portrayed as a redhead: in the original comic strip, in all of the plays, and all of the movies. The red hair has become like her trademark. I just think it would be wierd to see her without it, like Snow White as a blond or Snoopy from Charlie Brown as a golden retriever.

  • Dj Big Daddy

    @the_boyfriend: the cureent girls in the new show on broadway are not red heads and they no longer have to wear the wig

  • Robyyn


    Yeah I agree to all that. But since society wants to be less ‘all-white’ we have to include the blacks too! I’ve always hated the Annie’s without the red wig but my take on the movie is this; its gonna be modern, so maybe an orphan in modern slums in a city or something and then a Warbucks comes and blah blah blah. (We all know the story). And I guess a modern Annie doesn’t have red hair :(