Youngest Oscar Nominee Slated to Take Lead Role In Remake of “Annie”

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Quvenzhane Wallis is slated to take the lead role in Sonys upcoming remake of "Annie."


Quvenzhané Wallis is having a meteoric rise to stardom. After she appeared in the indie critical darling “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” she became the youngest actress to be nominated for a best actress Oscar at the age of nine, although she was six during the time of filming. Now she is in talks to take the lead role in Sony’s upcoming remake of “Annie”.

Initially, there were plans to have Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s daughter Willow Smith as the star while she was still riding high on the fame of her successful single “Whip My Hair,” but the young teen decided to leave the role.  Will Smith explained his daughter’s decision: “Willow was supposed to be doing Annie, we got Jay-Z to do the movie, go the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with ‘Whip my Hair’ and she said, ‘You know Daddy, I don’t think so. I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.’”

The movie is going to have creative input from both Will Smith and Jay-Z and is set to be a more urban version of the classic musical.  She is signed on to star in the upcoming Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave alongside mega stars Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt. The film is based on a novel of the same name. In 2013, she will collaborate with Sundance for the second time on a short film called Boneshaker.While nothing is definite just yet about her role in “Annie,” this is still very exciting news. I was already interested to see how Willow would manage in the role,  but now that Wallis has been thrown in the mix my interest has been piqued yet again.

Malcolm Morrow, a Your Black World Network contributor, is a senior, criminal justice major at The University of Southern Miss.