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

by Anne Thompson
February 24, 2013 2:06 PM
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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.

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More: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Musical


  • Carlos T. Jackal | February 25, 2013 10:25 AMReply

    I was wondering what Quvenzhane Wallis's last movie would be.

  • Jaxon | February 24, 2013 11:14 PMReply

    You're not being racist but you are aware that Annie is a fictional character right? Therefore she could be a Black, Asian, or bald girl. If a Black girl played someone who was a white red head in real life, that would be a problem.

  • Spacecowboy | February 24, 2013 10:06 PMReply

    Not being racist but Annie is supposed a little red haired girl its just what she's always been

  • Sandy | February 25, 2013 3:57 PM

    Not being racist but I bet you didn't care when Angelina Jolie acted as Marian Pearle, a black woman

  • Sheila | February 24, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    How many versions of Annie do we need? Wasn't there a TV movie just a few years ago? Jeez!

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