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On Quvenzhané Wallis 'Annie' Casting: Yes, She Can Sing, Has Range + Holiday 2014 Release Set

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 24, 2013 at 8:17PM

Just a follow-up to the announcement earlier this afternoon that Quvenzhané Wallis will indeed replace Willow Smith in Annie... click HERE to read it if you missed it.
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Just a follow-up to the announcement earlier this afternoon that Quvenzhané Wallis will indeed replace Willow Smith in Annie... click HERE to read it if you missed it.

At the time, detailed info wasn't available. But, the full press release from Sony Pictures is out, and I'll highlight the important things that I'm sure most are curious about.

- First, and most importantly, yes, Ms Wallis can sing! That was always the one question I didn't really have an answer for. But apparently, she can not only sing, but she can dance as well, and has range. The press release states:

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.

- Second, it's going to be a long while before we see the film in theaters, because Annie won't be released until the 2014 Christmas Holiday season. So, we've got almost 2 years, really, to wait. Although, as studios love to do far in advance, expect some early teases, maybe later this year, when the film is scheduled to start shooting. A photo here; or even a teaser/coming soon trailer there.

- And lastly, the film is being overseen at Sony Pictures by none other than our man Devon Franklin and Andrea Giannetti.

Up next for Ms Wallis is a film that's already generating debate even though it won't be out till the fall, Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave.

If you missed the earlier post/announcement, click HERE.


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