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.
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