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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the child is wearing a lovely blue dress and best of luck too her in the show
i would like to know that the black community thinks about a remake of soul food. and yes black, i would only refer to you as african american if you yourself were born in african and then migrated to america. you are an american. a black one but an american
many of us did not have a choice. our descendents were forced to became slaves. i feel that your comment is very hurtful
what's that about...
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Racism is usually defined as views, practices and actions reflecting the belief that humanity is divided into distinct biological groups called races and that members of a certain race share certain attributes which make that group as a whole less desirable, more desirable, inferior or superior. If you choose to constantly be divided, to constantly define yourself in a "race" you will constantly be a racist. Should you really have to label yourself as a White, Black, Mexican, Asian? At what point will individuals stop categorizing themselves in an effort to separate themselves. There will never be progress in your lives, in your children’s lives if this society continues to live a segregated existence. It is disappointing at its best, and regardless of the worlds choices, I chose to raise my children to chose their relationships, to chose their paths, based on actions, not on color; and although they will be disappointed, I hope they will not hate, and not define a person by their color, but will identify them by their actions. Idiot is an idiot, simpleton is a simpleton. Watch the movie or don’t; grow up.
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It is sad that they feel they should use a black girl to play Annie which was written as a white girl. Can't wait until they cast a white guy as Mandela or Martin Luther King.
You are SO right!
Wow you are right. I was thinking the same thing. Im no racist, but people can not go around doing that.... unethical
How non racist–good for you.
I agree. Why change anything or reboot something that's already a classic??. Why does it have to be redone in black?? I wouldn't want a black movie redone with white people. Just kinda makes me upset people can't leave well enough alone.
How is Annie's race relevant to the story?
Go ready some of your comments MO
before you post judgment too others...
Start with Me 321
we know she's full of manners...she wished kardashian would have sylphillis...EVIL DISGUSTING...
jayz had the nerve too call his #1 fan icey!
jayz had the never too call his #1 fan icey!
She is a quite powerful child..you need too mind your manners with her.
There are no delusions here. The young lady knows she is black, and she knows she can fulfill the role of Annie. She is just fine in her own skin and can correctly assess her capabilities.
get too see and the other can't...not fair.
you and i are going to help janine get the bartender...we own you...hahahahahaha
your will be doing the usher video at slides...hahahaha
Not a good idea... She is too old, and too big, to be "Annie". People remember the successful original "Annie" and would be very difficult to replace it.
I don't understand why producers want to remake this musical, it doesn't make any sense to me.
I don't know why producers are so fond of remakes either, but the girl certainly isn't too old to play the part.
Why do we have to remake this film over and over and over...the story isn't that great, and the songs are irritating at best...
there was a time professional athletes wives were black
There was a time when white men forced black women to be their mistresses...i.e. rape. Not sure I care for that nostalgic moment either!
This kid had her 15 minutes of fame. A black Annie? Oh ya that's a good idea.
Im shure that this will be successful as Will Smith's remade "Katate Kid"
It looks good ok to me..
The Karate Kid topped the box office on its opening day, grossing $18.8 million, and in its opening weekend, grossing $56 million in North America, beating The A-Team, which grossed an estimated $9.6 million on the same opening day, and $26 million in its opening weekend. It closed on September 18, 2010 after 110 days of release, grossing $176.7 million in the US along with an additional $182 million overseas for a worldwide total of $358 million, on a moderate budget of $40 million, making it a considerable box office success.
YEAH....it was not "sucessful" you jealous loser
voted: the little black girl is going to hand it right too me without any effort.
I grew up loving Annie. I saw Annie on Broadway and adored the movie version with Carol Burnett and Aileen Quinn. I am interested in how they remake this movie but wondering why Hollywood can't come up with any original concepts.
hopefully she can play that role this should be good maybe
The offer to her to play Annie was made before the Oscar winners were announced. Now, that she didn't win, "We'll call you" would be the polite way out. Whoopie Goldberg can act, and an Oscar winner, too, but she was never offered the role of Cinderella.
She is a very cute little girl. My question, another remake? Is anyone else sick to death of every single concept having a remake made of it? These writers make tons of money. Can't they come up with a fresh idea for a change?
There are no new ideas in Hollywood. Everything is recycled. It's so sad.
I wonder how many of you that are upset about a black girl playing Annie (whose story is in now way unique to Caucasians) were upset about White men playing Jesus (who was likely middle-Eastern), Tom Cruise playing "The Last Samuri" (who were almost exclusively Asian), or Angelina Jolie playing Daniel Pearl's wife (who appears African-American). It's funny how the only time the race of the actor is a factor is when the actor is black...
The only thing that upsets folks is that when EVERY remake they do, they make the characters black....Steel Magnolias, Wild, Wild West, now Annie.....
Personally I could;d care less.....
Congrats on landing this role!!! So what if it was always a white girl who played the role. Isn't that most movie, commercial and television roles in Hollywood? 90% of the roles given out are to Caucasian women so why all the jealously? Oh so as long as it's 100% of the roles you're good correct? What's really driving this jealousy and slander to a little girl? Please explore your real motives here. Did you want your child to play the role? I mean what is it exactly?
I totally get what you are saying.
BUT Annie?! I grew up watching the musical 'Annie' and its so hard to accept anything other than a red headed, freckled girl.
this person receives attention and the 9 year old continues too keep at it.....this is not a joke. this is obsession, jealousy and hatred...
your 9 year old jealousy habits.
She looks adorable. AND age appropriate.
I love to see the hate that these minority small minded in a bubble people still have in 2013.. haha take that
talks the talk..but she can't walk the walk...
why are you hacked into people's personal information
You know every girl in America who had the means to go to the movies to see Annie, did. I am black girl who identified with Annie's story, not because I was homeless or poor because I was not, but because it was a story of triumph. No matter what color-the story line will ring through and I thing this little girl has the skills to entertain us, make us love her as the original Annie and sell seats at theaters. So please cut it out with your racist comments because it just continues to isolate you in this country and this world.
Well said! Thank u.
So what a black girl is portraying Annie. Heck, how long have we had to watch as Jesus was portrayed by white men?!
I dont remember Annie having anything but bright red hair and lighter skin.
Well now she'll have dark brown hair and brown skin. Now what?
...now its just a poor remake with a black girl trying to rewrite history like Will Smith with that stupid Karate Kid nonsense
I don't remember the characters in The Last Airbender being anything but Asian. But white actors were cast in the movie.
"rewrite history" – ??? You do realize that this is a work of fiction, do you not? If that's news to you, then I suggest you go back to third grade and refresh your education...
It really would have been nice if she had won.
She was interviewed on GMA the other day, she was smart, funny, & very gracious for someone her age.
me too. I'm pretty smart got a 6 year old. I need to get better manners though. my mom and teacher say I have poor conduct sometimes.
Word. Word homies. This be good.
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The child needs too be guided correctly by people -remember noone is better then anyone and we must always treat them as equals, you build contact and everyone remembers you if you need them.
hang around fun professionals who are bright and have something too offer too the industry and not your basic bug out tools
I heard she is a scary good rapper. Hope they will showcase her rap and hiphop talent in the movie.
tip: nobody is better or higher then anyone in life–that is not our motto in hiring people in the industry.
Begone, troll. Maybe they can showcase your stupidity too.
leave the rock stars be.
I think it's going to be kind of like The Wiz. A remake using an all black cast with lots of singing and hiphop. Sounds interesting.
What a classy little girl!
Wait what? So they're doing a black version? I'm confused. And not racist... Annie has always been a white little girl.... Are they gonna put her in white make up? I can't put my head around it being an actual Annie movie. Google here I come... Dapple needs some answers.
Mind you every time I've watched Annie... the little girl has been white... If I missed any version where its been different I totally never noticed.
You're a racist and a moron to boot!
So was Cinderella. But when Whitney Houston produced a new version with a multi-racial cast, it was a hit. People of different ethnic backgrounds have been playing other ethnicities for years. Othello comes to mind. But when a black man (and Shakespeare wrote the character as a black man remember) was finally cast in the 20th century, people (well all the ignorant ones anyway) went crazy. C'mon....this is 2013. I don't care who plays who...just make a good production.
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White actors have been playing non-white characters for years. This is not a biopic about Margaret Thatcher. Annie is a fictional character.
A good actor can take over a role and own it even when it was originally written with another race in mind. Or even another gender for that matter. I still probably won't watch it though; seeing the original once was enough for me.
I cant wait to see Django go unchained when she doesn't win tonight.
she has both her parents who love her very much. enjoy the evening everyone.
our daughter is white and the family is very proud of her.
You're referring to your own comment, yes?
i was born and raised in brooklyn, are you from brooklyn dan?
You do realize Annie is a fictional character?
ok so what if Tom Selleck played John Shaft in a movie?
Did you really have to go there with the An-nay-nay comment? Wow, you're really mature. And this is why race relations in America will never pan out. Leave that racist nonsense for the grown adults, don't put kids in this BS.
Haha.. just sit in ur trailer and take that. It's a new America my friend
YOU ARE A RACIST IDIOT!!!!!!
I almost didn't respond to this post because it was obviously written by someone who has a very limited view of the world, but instead of allowing lack of knowledge to put down a child, I decided the one thing I could do was address this comment. In the movie her character was brave and "strong", if you watched the scene before they cut to her in her seat making the "muscle pose" you would have noticed that she had just beaten the character who played her father in a little game of arm wrestling. She was making reference to her character showing that her CHARACTER was strong. She was simply being a little child, enjoying her time at the Oscars. I did not see pompousness. I did however see the happiness of a child along with the admiration and genuine excitement for her fellow nominee when she won. Did you see the BIG smile, sheer delight and the clapping that she displayed when they announced Jennifer Lawrence as the winner. I'm so sorry that you could not see this and I'm even more saddened by the fact that when you looked at her all you could see was the color of her skin. Next I would just like to say that just because YOU have not heard of a black person named Annie that doesn't mean they don't exist. I can honestly say I know three black women named Annie (not Ann or Anna or Analyse...but I know a few of those too) yes they are black and their first names are Annie. I mean think about it, had you ever heard of a girl named Apple until Qweneth Paltrow decided to give her lovely little girl that name. There is no such thing as a "white name" or a "black name", a wrong name or a right name. Everything starts somewhere and even though she will NOT be the first black named Annie, she will be the first that you know-and that's ok, but instead of being judgmental and appearing racist, why not try celebrating the accomplishments of others, especially those of our children.This little girl did an outstanding job in her film and her talent was recognized by the academy, and that's all that really matters, wouldn't you agree? By the way if you have children you should consider taking them to see th "black"" Annie, because the earlier in life we learn to accept and appreciate the beauty in our differences, the better we will be as citizens of the WORLD!
Annie ( yes that is my real namde and yes I am Black :)
Be careful. Encouraging delusions can be more harmful than beneficial.
Thank you for your post, Annie. I am white, but I would have no problem taking a child to see a black version of Annie. Your comments were very well stated, but unfortunately they will proably be lost on some of the more obnoxious posters. Still, what you wrote needed to be said. I too noticed Quvenzhane's sincere and supportive reaction when Jennifer Lawrence won. Too bad she has more class at her age then a good deal of adults on public message boards.
So does that mean she can't be different this time around? The world is different. But more importantly, Hollywood needs new ideas and needs to always consider talent before an orange wig. You are so funny :)
YEAH....it "bombed" you jealous loser
Not suprising Larry cant count. I will never pay to see another one of Will Smith's nepotism productions, but unfortunately, I have to admit his Karate Kid remake was successful. Financially that is.
You need to get out more...there are plenty of African Americans named "Annie". Re. your reference to the Karate Kid remake, you do sound a little prejudiced! Expand your horizons!!!
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