Quvenzhané Wallis Confirmed to Star in ANNIE Remake

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There are many great things in Beasts of the Southern Wild, but Quvenzhané Wallis is the greatest.  Upon seeing the movie, I hoped Hollywood would find a place for her raw star power.  The Oscar nomination for Best Actress should help launch her, but there are more Keisha Castle-Hugheses than Anna Paquins among young Oscar nominees.  The most promising news yet is that Wallis will indeed headline the remake of Annie, following up on the speculative report from earlier in the month.  Can she sing?  I have no idea, but I can’t wait to see Wallis try.  The prospects of an Annie remake are iffy in a vacuum, but Jay-Z is curating the music and director Will Gluck (Easy A) is a good choice to make a musical with bite, so there is reason for optimism.

Will Smith, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay Brown, Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith, and Jay-Z will produce.  Gluck is currently rewriting the script for a Winter 2014 release.  Hit the jump for the press release with all the details.

Okay, so I have some idea if Wallis can sing.  This sounds pretty good:

 

Here’s the press release:

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QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS TO PLAY ANNIE FOR OVERBROOK ENTERTAINMENT, MARCY MEDIA AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 24, 2013 – Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, in the title role of Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.

Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “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.”

Annie will be released during the winter holiday season in 2014. The film is being directed by Gluck and produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media. Gluck is currently revising the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc. The film is being overseen at the studio by Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin.

QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS’ favorite pastimes are reading, singing, dancing, acting, and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. Her favorite TV stars/singers are China McClain, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. Her favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Her upcoming films include a role in Twelve Years a Slave with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen.

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  • cuj

    I think then now would be a good time to also consider a Driving Miss Daisy remake where everything is turned on its head. Just ’cause they can.

    • Curbcooler

      Great for her! She gave one of the best and most raw performances I have ever seen from a child actress. She was my very first choice to replace “Willow Smith”. I heard about the same amount of snarky Race-baiting comments when “Jaden Smith” was first cast as the black “karate Kid”. Which is ironic and hypocritical in itself seeing how “Ralph Maccio” wasn’t Asian.

      And looked just how well that turned out “Jaden Smiths” Karate Kid grossed nearly 400 million worldwide and was a much bigger smash hit than the original. So Phuck all the haters!

      • Great white hype

        Kung Fu kid sucked and was totally forgettable. When people mention Karate Kid do you think they say that awesome movie that grossed 400 mill with awesome acting by Jaden Smith or that 80′s movie with Mr. Miyagi? Jaden Smith acts like a robot. It’s called nepotism. Look it up. Why people equate money with quality always astounds me. I think they would be better served making an original musical instead of turning Annie into a blaxploitation film. But I guess people are scared of originality these days.

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  • Mars

    So far I’ve read this news on about half a dozen other sites…and on every one, the very first comment and the majority of the comments on EVERY site are about her race. Just get over it.

    • Mycenia

      I don’t have an issue with her being Annie. If she can act and sing, she has every right to play the part. But if they take all the roles and cast all black actors in them, then it will be hard for people to look at the film and not see it as some kind of mockery of the original. And they may not do that at all. But that seems to be the general assumption.

  • Carlos T. Jackal

    I was wondering what Quvenzhané Wallis’s last movie would be.

    Now we know.

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  • Mycenia

    I don\’t have an issue with her being Annie. If she can act and sing, she has every right to play the part. But if they take all the roles and cast all black actors in them, then it will be hard for people to look at the film and not see it as some kind of mockery of the original. And they may not do that at all. But that seems to be the general assumption.

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