Quvenzhane Wallis Confirmed to Star in ‘Annie’ Remake

Will Gluck is directing this musical that puts a modern-day spin on this classic tale for Sony Pictures and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.
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Quvenzhane Wallis Confirmed to Star in ‘Annie’ Remake

Quvenzhane Wallis confirmed to star in the Annie remake Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, in the title role of Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Here's what Hannah Minghella had to say in a statement.

"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."

Annie will be released during the winter holiday season in 2014. The film is being directed by Gluck and produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through 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, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play Annie, book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on "Little Orphan Annie," and Tribune Media Services, Inc. The film is being overseen at the studio by Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin.

Quvenzhané Wallis' favorite pastimes are reading, singing, dancing, acting, and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. Her favorite TV stars/singers are China Anne McClain, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. Her favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Her upcoming films include a role in 12 Years a Slave with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional information, go to SonyPictures.com

About Overbrook Entertainment

Overbrook Entertainment, founded by partners James Lassiter and Will Smith and run along with partner Jada Pinkett Smith, is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment focused in film and television and has produced a diverse slate of both critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films, which have generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts and even more in home video sales.

Some of Overbrook's most successful films include Ali, Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock, and most recently The Karate Kid. Overbrook's next feature project is After Earth, which is set for a June 7th, 2013 release. They are also producing Queen Latifah's syndicated daytime talk show with Sony Pictures Television that will premiere this fall.

Annie was released December 19th, 2014.

Sources: Sony Pictures

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  • moviemaniac66 • 2 years ago

    I hate this idea that movies have to be made targeted for a specific race. It's bullsh*t.


    • moviemaniac66 • 2 years ago

      She was fantastic in Beasts of the Southern Wild and she can do better than this crap.


      • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

        @bawnian-dexeus Hard to say... I'd like to see what she brings to the table in some of these other roles before I say for sure. Either way, she's a tremendous young talent.


        • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

          @thedude-abides She's kind of falling into a type cast or is it just me?


          • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

            She was also a late addition to 12 Years a Slave, set to come out later this year.


            • Zak-Lee-Ferguson • 2 years ago

              Annie is a story that can be turned into a ghetto bad hoodlum like back alley sashay, through all alternatives its for this eras children, Karate Kid did it, Fame did it, the racial card is being played as the studio are trying to redeem something or other, what i think it is , is a quick cheap trip to make black people hoot and feel good about themselves...this may come off a a trad racist but i hope people see where i am coming from, modern films don't entail stereotyping black people as in the dark recesses, as Annie is situated in a rough town and i can just see it now, R&B round table break dancing hoot about black banter and taking in Annie into a WHITE home....remaking classics for a black audience is a cliche now.


              • ROFLitschristian • 2 years ago

                Why the f*ck are we remaking Annie?!


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