February 24th, 2013
09:08 PM ET
It's been rumored that the youngest ever best actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis, was a strong front-runner to land the lead in the upcoming "Annie" remake, and Sony Pictures announced on Oscar Sunday that Wallis has the role.
“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," said Sony's President of Production Hannah Minghella. "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.”
Will Smith's daughter Willow was originally attached to the role, but as she's now approaching her 13th birthday has outgrown the part. Wallis, 9, will be led in the remake by Will Gluck, who signed on to the directing role last month.
Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, are producing the film through their Overbrook Entertainment along with Jay-Z's Marcy Media. Director Gluck is currently reworking the film's script. The "Annie" remake is shooting for release during the holiday season in 2014.
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