Okay. So little Quvenzhané Wallis lost the Oscar last night to Jennifer Lawrence, but it’s fine. It’s fiiine! No, seriously. She’s nine. She’ll be fine. And, as we reported a while back, she’s got some big new productions in the works. After Willow Smith dropped out of the project, Quvenzhané Wallis was in the running for the lead role in an upcoming production of Annie. It’s now official! Little Q is our next little orphan Annie. Click inside to learn more!
Complex has the story:
Looks like the rumors were true: Pint-sized Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis is set to take over Willow Smith’s lead role in Will Smith and Jay-Z’s upcoming adaptation of the Annie musical. If you don’t recall, Willow dropped out of starring as the little orphan Annie after she “grew out” of the role and, in her father’s words, decided she’d rather enjoy being a kid than working from such a young age.
This is great news for Wallis, however, something that her career doesn’t seem to be lacking – at nine, she’s already the youngest to ever be nominated for a Best Actress Academy award.
Smith and Jay-Z’s Annie adaptation, which is set to be directed by Friends With Benefits and Easy A director Will Gluck, is set to begin shooting later this year for a holiday 2014 release.
So, this should be fun, right? Now I didn’t get to hear any singing from Quvenzhané in Beasts, but I’m assuming that was part of the audition. Here’s hoping this production process doesn’t take too long, though! I’m really excited to see how this pans out.