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Quvenzhané Wallis confirmed for the Will Smith/Jay-Z Annie remake

Feb. 25, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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While Quvenzhané Wallis didn't win an Oscar last night for Best Actress in BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, she did get a bit of a consolation prize before the awards. It was officially announced by the Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for Columbia, that she has been cast as ANNIE. Minghella had this to say about the young actress:

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.

The film comes from director Will Gluck (EASY A, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS) with new Annie songs written by rapper Jay-Z, and produced with Overbrook Entertainment, which is co-owned by Will Smith.

I'm not going to sit here and pretend I'm a huge ANNIE fan. I don't hate ANNIE; I nothing it. Could it be a decent update of a classic character? Maybe. Could it be a colossal waste of time? There's a good chance of that as well. But I hope it doesn't define Quvenzhané Wallis as an actress, if acting is the career she wants in life. It can be hard as hell for a child actor to transition from kid roles to adult roles once they get older, and even harder when in the past they were cast as one of the leads in a big kids film. So while ANNIE might bring her plenty of young fans, hopefully she'll also get more roles like the one she has in the upcoming 12 YEARS A SLAVE with Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender.

ANNIE will be released during the winter Holiday season of 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Speaking of child stars, what the hell has Haley Joel Osment been up to?
Source: Sony Pictures

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11:38PM on 02/25/2013
You're talking about the "satirical" tweet from The Onion, calling her a c-word?
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7:12PM on 02/25/2013
I heard someone said something about her today. I can't recall what it was, but it's the kind of thing that makes you cry.
I heard someone said something about her today. I can't recall what it was, but it's the kind of thing that makes you cry.
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1:17PM on 02/25/2013
It would have been amazing to see her walk away with the Best Actress award. Oh well. This is pretty cool and all, can't say I'm pumped for the movie, but good casting so far.
It would have been amazing to see her walk away with the Best Actress award. Oh well. This is pretty cool and all, can't say I'm pumped for the movie, but good casting so far.
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12:55PM on 02/25/2013
In the tradition of Blacula and Blackenstein, can I be the first to officially call this Blannie?
In the tradition of Blacula and Blackenstein, can I be the first to officially call this Blannie?
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10:42AM on 02/25/2013
I can't wait to hear Jay-Z's child-friendly lyrics!
I can't wait to hear Jay-Z's child-friendly lyrics!
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