Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis to play 'Annie'
February 24th, 2013
09:08 PM ET

Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis to play 'Annie'

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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    August 26, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. the blue dress

    the child is wearing a lovely blue dress and best of luck too her in the show

    May 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ste ker

    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

    March 19, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • a proud african

      many of us did not have a choice. our descendents were forced to became slaves. i feel that your comment is very hurtful

      May 10, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
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    March 17, 2013 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. she's not doing anything today but this

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    March 17, 2013 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Yea on a childs article too...

    she's gross...

    March 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. You notice she says the word rape once a week....

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    March 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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  11. Racisim Is?

    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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  13. Middle Finger

    who cares!!!

    March 11, 2013 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. emaniodumosu

    Reblogged this on So Newsy.

    March 11, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Middle Finger

    directly given to you

    March 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. QueenVelveetaJamimaLaqueetaTelmaColenderDaKeeshaaLaWafflez

    Oh LOrdi dat be a kute lil Galit!

    March 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  17. out of retirement

    bring your jeans joy....

    there is a dj but guess who's closing the show....the NB specials...hahahha

    March 10, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  18. Lance

    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.

    March 10, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • DEEDEE

      You are SO right!

      March 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Wow you are right. I was thinking the same thing. Im no racist, but people can not go around doing that.... unethical

      March 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nibble

      How non racist–good for you.

      March 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toni

      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.

      March 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John F.

      How is Annie's race relevant to the story?

      March 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. To: MOREEN

    Go ready some of your comments MO

    before you post judgment too others...

    March 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Start with me 321

    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!

    March 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Start with Me 321

    we know she's full of manners...she wished kardashian would have sylphillis...EVIL DISGUSTING...

    jayz had the never too call his #1 fan icey!

    March 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Start with Me 321

    She is a quite powerful child..you need too mind your manners with her.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Maureen

    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.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. why does this child

    get too see and the other can't...not fair.

    March 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Meatball Night Revenge...

    you and i are going to help janine get the bartender...we own you...hahahahahaha

    March 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Revenge...

    your will be doing the usher video at slides...hahahaha

    March 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Norma

    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.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maureen

      I don't know why producers are so fond of remakes either, but the girl certainly isn't too old to play the part.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  28. NOT Another Annie

    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...

    March 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  29. karen

    there was a time professional athletes wives were black

    March 1, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      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!

      March 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bite the Bullets

      t shirt

      March 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. American

    This kid had her 15 minutes of fame. A black Annie? Oh ya that's a good idea.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  31. L'yTonishae Jenkins

    Im shure that this will be successful as Will Smith's remade "Katate Kid"

    February 28, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pearl Baily Misery

      It looks good ok to me..

      February 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MoMO

      The Karate Kid topped the box office on its opening day, grossing $18.8 million, and in its opening weekend, grossing $56 million[3] 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.[28] 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

      March 1, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  32. Pearl Bailey 1

    voted: the little black girl is going to hand it right too me without any effort.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  33. Charli

    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.

    February 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. jessenia

    hopefully she can play that role this should be good maybe

    February 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Darius03

    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.

    February 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Sadie

    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?

    February 26, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Charli

      There are no new ideas in Hollywood. Everything is recycled. It's so sad.

      February 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  37. hmm...

    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...

    February 26, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Garry

      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.....

      February 26, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Curious minds want to know......

      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?

      February 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • CrossCountry

      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.

      February 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. By making jokes...

    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...

    February 26, 2013 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  39. Focus on

    your 9 year old jealousy habits.

    February 26, 2013 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  40. ohsnap

    She looks adorable. AND age appropriate.

    February 26, 2013 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  41. Craigc

    I love to see the hate that these minority small minded in a bubble people still have in 2013.. haha take that

    February 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Bimbos7

    talks the talk..but she can't walk the walk...

    February 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  43. brenda

    why are you hacked into people's personal information

    February 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  44. HonestandTruth

    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.

    February 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Passing Through

    adorable child!

    February 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gutta

    So what a black girl is portraying Annie. Heck, how long have we had to watch as Jesus was portrayed by white men?!

    February 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Sean Connery

    I dont remember Annie having anything but bright red hair and lighter skin.

    February 25, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      Well now she'll have dark brown hair and brown skin. Now what?

      February 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean Connery

      ...now its just a poor remake with a black girl trying to rewrite history like Will Smith with that stupid Karate Kid nonsense

      February 26, 2013 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Dham2013

      I don't remember the characters in The Last Airbender being anything but Asian. But white actors were cast in the movie.

      February 27, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • mlg4035

      "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...

      March 17, 2013 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  48. Emma

    It really would have been nice if she had won.

    February 25, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  49. Peace

    She was interviewed on GMA the other day, she was smart, funny, & very gracious for someone her age.

    February 25, 2013 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      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.

      February 25, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  50. Quentavius Jones

    Word. Word homies. This be good.

    February 25, 2013 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  51. BailUndra

    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.

    February 25, 2013 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  52. Her first lesson

    hang around fun professionals who are bright and have something too offer too the industry and not your basic bug out tools

    February 25, 2013 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  53. Cashaundra

    I heard she is a scary good rapper. Hope they will showcase her rap and hiphop talent in the movie.

    February 25, 2013 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  54. Laquanda

    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.

    February 25, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  55. miTTen

    What a classy little girl!

    February 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Dapple

    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.

    February 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dapple

      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.

      February 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      You're a racist and a moron to boot!

      February 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohsnap

      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.

      February 26, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • anna

      To sassysticks – it taks a moron to know a moron!

      February 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dham2013

      Idiot,

      White actors have been playing non-white characters for years. This is not a biopic about Margaret Thatcher. Annie is a fictional character.

      February 27, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  57. woweverynametaken

    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.

    February 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  58. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    I cant wait to see Django go unchained when she doesn't win tonight.

    February 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  59. our child is fortunate.

    she has both her parents who love her very much. enjoy the evening everyone.

    February 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  60. parents no matter how old they are...

    our daughter is white and the family is very proud of her.

    February 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  61. brooklyndan

    You're referring to your own comment, yes?

    February 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  62. mom and dad 50

    i was born and raised in brooklyn, are you from brooklyn dan?

    February 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Gutta

    You do realize Annie is a fictional character?

    February 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Saul

    ok so what if Tom Selleck played John Shaft in a movie?

    February 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  65. JB

    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.

    February 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Craig

    Haha.. just sit in ur trailer and take that. It's a new America my friend

    February 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  67. linniepooh

    YOU ARE A RACIST IDIOT!!!!!!

    February 26, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  68. Annie

    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!
    Sincerely,
    Annie ( yes that is my real namde and yes I am Black :)

    February 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Darius

    Be careful. Encouraging delusions can be more harmful than beneficial.

    February 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Maureen

    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.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Katrina

    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 :)

    February 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  72. MoMO

    The Karate Kid topped the box office on its opening day, grossing $18.8 million, and in its opening weekend, grossing $56 million[3] 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.[28] 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 "bombed" you jealous loser

    March 1, 2013 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  73. Mark

    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.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Vee

    Larry,
    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!!!

    March 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Go ready some of your comments MO

    before you post judgment too others...

    March 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |

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