Quvenzhané Wallis Officially Cast as Annie in Will Smith Adaptation
by Alex Billington
February 24, 2013
"The sun'll come out tomorrow!" The youngest Academy Awards Best Actress nominee ever has confirmed her next starring role. Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment have chosen this fine Oscar Sunday to officially announce that Quvenzhané Wallis will be starring in their new take on Annie, adapted from the musical which first hit Broadway in 1977. Wallis, the star of Best Picture nom Beasts of the Southern Wild, is now 9-years-old and has been touring around this past awards season, which culminates in her big night at the Oscars. Whether she wins or not, she's a charming, bright young star who has many roles ahead.
This new take on Annie is being directed by Will Gluck (of Fired Up, Easy A, Friends with Benefits) from a screenplay written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna. It's produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith at Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith through Marcy Media. Gluck is currently revising the film's screenplay. Hannah Minghella, President of Production for Columbia/Sony Pictures, states: "With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star. 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."
At the moment, they state Annie will be released during the winter holiday season in 2014. Quvenzhane (pronounced kwa-venn-zha-nay) Wallis is the only individual officially cast so far, but it makes sense that they would star with the lead Annie before building the rest of the cast around her. Plus, Wallis is going to attract so many talented people because she is so charismatic. We'll be keeping an eye on this adaptation of the musical about an orphan's adventures to find the perfect family, and on Wallis' acting career from here.