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‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Star & Oscar Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis Confirmed To Play ‘Annie’

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 24, 2013 2:11 PM
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Quvenzhane Wallis

If you don't know how to pronounce her name yet, you might want to start learning as big things are on the horizon for Quvenzhané Wallis. The breakout star and Oscar nominee for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is making the leap from indie darling to blockbuster lead.

After reports a few weeks back that she was being eyed, Deadline reports that Wallis has been signed up to play the lead in the remake of "Annie." The new version of the musical that was previously turned into a hit 1982 movie, will be directed by "Easy A" helmer Will Gluck and will trade the Great Depression setting for a contemporary story. That's all the details there are for now, but both Will Smith and Jay-Z are producing, which will put the actress in some extrememly powerful company.

We can't really argue with this casting, but let's hope a big studio production can keep the spirit the actress showed in the indie 'Beasts' intact. And certainly, this is big news for young Wallis on the eve of the Oscars, making it a doubly special night for her. No word yet on when production will begin, but "Annie" is aiming for a fall 2014 release.

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  • james | February 25, 2013 9:32 AMReply

    Jay-Z is producing? Can't he just stick to making sh*t music? Honestly. What is he going to bring to this. What a f*cking egomaniac.

  • Tom | February 25, 2013 1:19 AMReply

    I'm not against casting black actors in remakes, but it will be a bit odd to see Annie without that damned red hair.

  • cirkusfolk | February 24, 2013 6:22 PMReply

    So how many more remakes of classic movies are we gonna get with black actors playing the lead? First was The Karate Kid and now Annie? And don't even get me started with The Princess and the Frog.

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