Oscar Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis to Star in ‘Annie’ Remake
At the ripe old age of nine, Quvenzhané Wallis is already an Oscar nominee for her debut in Beasts of the Southern Wild, a Best Picture nominee at Sunday’s 85th Annual Academy Awards. Now, she’s taking Hollywood by storm, and singing her way to an impressive resume.
Wallis will take the title role in a remake of Annie to be directed by Will Gluck (Easy A). Being produced by the likes of Will Smith and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Gluck’s musical is likely to have quite a different flavor from previous filmed versions of the original stage play. Gluck is currently revising the script, but the film is expected to shoot later this year, with an eye on a 2014 release.
Wallis’s role was originally intended to be filled by Smith’s daughter, Willow, but she grew out of it during the movie’s lengthy development.
On the casting of Wallis, Columbia Pictures president of production Hannah Minghella cited 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.” The Oscar nomination is no small factor, either.
Wallis will next appear on screen in director Steve McQueen‘s Twelve Years a Slave, opposite a big-name cast that includes the likes of Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and Chiwetel Ejiofor.