Quvenzhané Wallis In The Running To Be The Next ‘Annie’

Willow Smith Was Originally Slated For The Part
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With the Academy Awards just a couple of weeks away, it’s a good time to be Quvenzhané Wallis. The youngest actor to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar has been making her away around the pre-Oscar bashments, and many of us are hoping that she’s gearing up for a big win. Now that she’s starred in a Best Picture nominee (Beasts Of The Southern Wild), the inevitable questions is What’s next? Well, rumor has it that we might see her as the next little orphan Annie, in another adaptation of the classic story. The new Annie will be directed by the guy who brought us Easy A. Um, this could be awesome! Click inside for more!

Complex has the story:

Pint-size Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis is in talks to star in Will Smith and Jay-Z‘s adaptation of the classic musical Annie. Smith’s daughter Willow was originally supposed to star, but she “aged out” of the role (she’s 12?) but Smith said at a talk at Temple University last weekend that his daughter would rather just be a kid than a child star.

Wallis, on the other hand, is the youngest Best Actress nominee ever and auditioned for her breakout role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild when she was only five years old. No word on whether she has any singing experience.

Annie first hit Broadway in 1977 and was based on the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The Depression-era musical stars the titular orphan in her quest for adoption. The first big screen adaption came out in 1982 and starred Carol Burnett as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. It was remade in 1999 as a TV movie with Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan and Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks.

Easy A‘s Will Gluck has just signed on as director, but no official casting announcements have been made yet.

With all these major talents involved– Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Will Gluck– I really think we can expect good things. I never saw the 1999 Annie, but Carol Burnett was my homegirl after I became addicted to the 1982 version. I can’t really imagine Annie getting any better than that, but I will absolutely be checking this one out. And I’d love, love, love to see Quvenzhané take the lead on this.

What do y’all think? I just love that Jay-Z‘s Hard Knock Life record is finally coming full-circle, lmao! Yeah, no. I’m definitely in.

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  1. My first reaction was to raise an eyebrow, because I always imagine a little red haired girl when I think of “Annie.” However, I think Wallis can own this far, far better than Jessica Alba did when she screwed up the Sue Storm character for me in the “Fantastic Four” franchise.

  2. Dear Hollywood: Musicals are for people who can sing. Not just sing a little, but have a god-given gift for song which is subsequently trained for years and/or decades. The people who got on Broadway got there because of their insane talent, drive, sacrifice and commitment. If you do not believe me that musicals with bad singers are bad, please re-watch Ruissell Crowe in Les Miserables. If you insist on hip-hopping up Annie (despite the fact this show has been filmed TWICE), please hold an open call, and find the most insanely talented singer that you can. If you doubt this advice, please watch Russell Crowe in Les Miserables again. Sincerely, the American Movie-going Public.

  3. Ben@pr

    Good to know that a real talented young girl might get a role for her talent rather than for who her father is.

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