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Oscar-Nominated Actress Quvenzhané Wallis Cast As Annie In New Film

Sun, February 24, 2013 6:19pm EDT by 4 Comments
Quvenzhane Wallis Annie Film

The 9-year-old Oscar nominee, who is nominated for Best Actress for her role in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ will soon take on another iconic role in the film remake of the movie ‘Annie’ as the title character! Read on for more details.

Quvenzhane Wallis sure is busy for a 9-year-old! The Oscar nominee — who is the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Actress — is officially set to star as little orphan Annie in the film remake adaptation of the hit musical, produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, due out in late 2014.

“Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star,” president of Production for Columbia Pictures Hannah Minghella said in a statement on Feb. 24.

“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,” she added.

Quvenzhane Replacing Willow Smith As Annie

The title role was originally supposed to be filled by Will and Jada’s daughter Willow Smith, 12, who has opted out of the part — she is reportedly too old to play the young orphan — because the project has been taking longer to get off the ground than originally planned. The movie is due out in late 2014, and directed by Will Gluck, who has directed Easy A and Friends with Benefits.

Quvenzhane Wallis Excited To Be Nominated For Best Actress

The young actress will get an extended bedtime when she attends the 2013 Oscar awards on Feb. 24! The young actress made history as the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Oscar, and is up against Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, and Naomi Watts.

What do YOU think of Quvenzhane Wallis playing Annie HollyMoms? Do you think it’s a good choice? Will you see the movie? Let us know in the comments below!

— Christina Stiehl

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