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Yes It's True: Oscar Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis Will Topline Musical Reboot 'Annie'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 24, 2013 at 2:06PM

The rumors that Oscar-nominated best actress Quvenzhane Wallis, 9, would star in a musical reboot of "Annie" are true. Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have confirmed that the diminutive New Orleans star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" will take the title role of Annie.
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Quvenzhane Wallis
Quvenzhane Wallis

The rumors that Oscar-nominated best actress Quvenzhane Wallis would play in a new musical of "Annie" are true. Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have confirmed that the diminutive New Orleans star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" will play the title role in "Annie."
 
Columbia president of production Hannah Minghella cited Wallis's high global profile as an Oscar nominee as well as her "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 is slating the film for the winter holiday season in 2014. Directed by Gluck ("Easy A"), the film will be produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment ("Ali," "HItch," "I Am Legend"), and by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media.  Gluck is currently revising the script, 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. Sony production execs Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin will oversee the picture.
 
Wallis will next be seen in Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years a Slave" opposite Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. Overbrook's next film is "After Earth," set for June 7 release.
 

This article is related to: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Musical


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.