Willow Smith out of 'Annie' remake
January 31st, 2013
04:44 PM ET

Willow Smith out of 'Annie' remake

Willow Smith was once dreaming up potential co-stars for the "Annie" remake her parents are producing, but it looks like she's out of the project.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Sony announced Wednesday that Willow was no longer in consideration for the lead role because she's outgrown it. She was just nine when the development process began, but the singer/actress is now approaching her 13th birthday this fall.

Yet while Sony needs to think of a new lead actress, the studio does have an idea of who they want to helm the movie. Will Gluck ("Easy A," "Friends with Benefits" is reportedly in negotiations to lead the remake, which would take place in the modern day and have a soundtrack steered by Jay-Z.

"At the helm of 'Annie,' [Gluck] will bring to this film all the charm of the original Broadway production while also appealing to a new generation,” studio executives said in a press release.

Willow's parents Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are producing the film through their Overbrook Entertainment company.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Bobbaft

    When will Hollywood realize we want original material...not re-hashed trashy remakes of already great movies? They're ruining it all.

    February 28, 2013 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Janine...

    another script for budson Benz

    February 28, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. bored already

    Urkel really let himself go.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |


    February 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. i think its time too take the pink off

    at some point...

    February 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Adam

    I guess the Smith's realized they already destroyed the KARATE KID........

    February 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jc

    That is one fugly looking little boy.

    February 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      yeah I agree....it took me a minute to realize it was Will's daughter and not his son – I've seen better shots, I am thinking Willow is not looking very attractive in that photo.

      February 28, 2013 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • AgendaFoneGirl

      enjoy the day.

      February 28, 2013 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. and for that?

    the bazooms will be outside all day long...

    February 13, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. was that motor sound good for you as it was for me?

    February 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. coolbob

    Will & Jada sold out their own kids for money, problem is who the heck wants to see these little ego driven brats.. I for one would never pay for any movie they are in.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. now that i think about it...

    he got a little nasty with me about that d-off thing cancellation...like when did i ever not cooperate about d-off's–he's ded when he gets back. lolololol

    February 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sallome

    Some genuinely good articles on this website, appreciate it for contribution. "Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling." by Walt Whitman. Sallome http://alittledoseoflaughter.tumblr.com

    February 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard Becker

    Is that DUDE?

    February 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Auro

    Cute lil boy!:)

    February 11, 2013 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sorry i missed you boo...

    everything was great!

    February 10, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      For shizzle, baybee! I put it 2 ya purty hard jus like you likes it so i'm hopin yer able to walk str8 this mornin.

      February 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      boss cancelled d-off–i love when he does that...hope too see u soon–

      February 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      Boss need to do that mo offen. Hope to see U too. Just picturin you nekkid give me a rager that needs some relief, ifn you knows what I mean. Lookin foward to playin hide the salam with U agin.

      February 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  16. wel...

    Her parents subjected her to public scrutiny when they decided she can take on the acting profession and all that comes along with it. It has nothing to do with race. Will made it on sheer talent and I adore him. Question is: if Willow comes to an audition as just herself would she get the part?

    February 10, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • She'll get the part...

      as long audtion confusion stops–her parents are beyond established...

      February 10, 2013 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |

    thank you girls and the green light-pls go see them when you can. thanks!

    February 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Saw

    You are pathetic, just like your name Zombie

    February 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. hi there..

    i'm growing my hair which is soo difficult when its been short.....in the end long s-xy black hair is much nicer.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  20. J R Brown

    WIll...my man....sack up and get your little girl looking like a little girl. She's got your ears, ffs....get her growing some hair to cover those things up. She looks like she's an alien trying to pick up signals from deep space from MIB-IV

    February 9, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  21. Learn to walk away from internet...

    its an addiction and people are going to say and do what they want anyway because they have the right like other bloggers to do so....enjoy the day don't take things so personal.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  22. Love my mish

    my baby is wearing the double strand pears and earrings i gave her for her 30th birthday...i'm so proud

    February 9, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  23. FO SHO?

    Rumor has it that Tom Cruise is up for this role.

    February 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • NO

      actually, Tom's secret boyfriend is in the running for the part. Tom may get the role of Pepper. They are both giddy as schoolgirls over the prospect.

      February 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. YouPeopleMakeMeSick

    So this is what happens to all those playground bullies we knew growing up: they become website comment section trolls, hiding behind anonymity in order to make insipid, hateful, remarks about other people and getting off on it. You should all be so proud of yourselves (pathetic losers). Might I suggest that each of you haters embark on a quest to get a life?

    February 8, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • one question

      well unfortunately you have a point but here's the thing. There is a little thing in the US called freedom of speech. The end. If you can't handle it, don't read the stories and the comments. Stay off the internet if you can't handle what people say on here. It works.

      February 9, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • 2 thingies

      agreed... if you can't handle what's on tv or internet...then don't watch it....your so smart.

      February 9, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • C

      i totally agree with one question also......if you don't like the 2 then close all "communcation" cuz they ain't goin no place....

      February 9, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  25. sanders

    Annie will always and will be a cute, adorable, loving and ginger haired girl. Not a girl with a one hit song and having parents like Will and Jada. Don't get me wrong, Black celebrities know how to keep money in the family by doing things like this. Have their kids or push them to get roles that weren't meant for Black people. Great thing is that Willow will not star in this and if she did, am I suppose to accept that daddy warbux is a black rich man?

    February 8, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Really now...

      And the sky will ALWAYS be blue in your narrow-minded, white bread little world now, won't it Sanders? You should get out more, try thinking outside the box, get creative...use your IMAGINATION.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Sarah Michelle

    Thank god. The nepotism in Hollywood is sickening. There are so many talented actors who are not selected because people in Hollywood hire their own untalented family. The Smiths, Kate Hudson, Drew Barrymore, etc – really people, you have enough money to share with your family, let them do something else and hire people who are amazing and need the work.

    February 8, 2013 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |


    February 7, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  28. email flooding

    stop working so hard...its all been a buh bye for months now....

    February 7, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  29. I just bought a condo for

    255, 255.0–is that a good price.

    February 7, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  30. Venom

    how is one suppose to react when being called a fat unmarried wench...is she suppose to hello you look nice today...
    no she's going too say you suck! pls don't make me start laughing...it will never end.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Huh

    Jr High kids. They are figuring themselves out. Willow attracts attention because of her famous, rich parents. It appears none of you have children or grand children in this age group. They wear what they like even though an adult wouldn't think of it. I.e. White tunic with iridescent plastic sequins, jeans, bright aqua Keds. Yep my granddaughter. They weren't supposed to be worn together but she loved it. If they are confident so what. Don't pick on kids. They will try to burn the photos of themselves in 10 years.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mark

    Not to worry, Will Smith AKA Nepotism Productions will find another classic to ruin for his gangly spawn.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      What you call nepotism is what the world calls Black people with power leveling the playing field. Its freaks like yourself who if able would make no talent white people movies only. Go to hell freak!!!!!

      February 7, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |

      something else she didn't subscribe too...email flood - buh bye.

      February 7, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  33. t-cakes

    don't feel bad–she's a happy camper...

    February 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  34. loto

    I feel bad for Willow... I think she is a great actress and we need more greatness like this

    February 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  35. M.A.P. (Mothers Against Poo)

    They shouldnt cast this spoilt brat in anything. How can she play a poor orphan!? Shes one of the most spoilt little shizzez on the planet. Daddy put you in a movie?

    February 5, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  36. Tyler

    Sorry, I don't like Will Smith or his two smug little jerks.

    February 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  37. John-227

    Lead role? Isn't Annie a pale ginger kid?

    February 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Steven Brooks

    Thank God – she's horrible.

    February 4, 2013 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  39. not worth breaking the news.

    i feel bad.

    February 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  40. what are you doing tonight Anne?

    February 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  41. All your names are FAKE maroon.

    what the fk is a shiz.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  42. don't respond

    its so sad.

    February 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. glued in..


    February 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |

    THAT'S IT...

    February 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Lord all the typos today

    people are sooo illiterate sometimes.


    February 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  46. everyone has a right to an opinion

    move along–

    February 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. some of the black racists comments are worse then the 1960's

    grow up already....worst blogs every...get with the times.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  48. funn hair


    February 1, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  49. Knuckles Nuclear

    This looks like this is tailor made for Quvenzhané Wallis, the little Oscar nominee to take her place in this.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Hmm maybe if they're set on having a "Black Annie". But she's a little young, Annie is supposed to be 10. It takes so long for movies to get off the ground it could work out.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Big Shiz

    Anyone who makes fun of a child is a peace of sh it.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  51. V¡xen


    January 31, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Yeti is a fool

    Why consider her

    January 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  53. kcv

    If any of you above commentators are above 16...you're just sad, sad, sad, ugly spirited adults. She's a child, yes in entertainment, but dang...ever heard of "if you don't have anything nice to say"??? I bet you so called "adults" teach that to your kids, and we wonder why kids these days are so uncaring and non compassionate! I bet ALL of you have pictures from awkward teenage years!

    January 31, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Shanaynay

    That po girl been dropped down the ugly tree many many times. Seems all the branches hit her in the face.

    January 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      She may not be the cutest kid, but she has enough money to buy you and your poor trailer trash family.

      February 1, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • DBagDiddly

      Wow, a grown-up making fun of a little kid's looks. You must be so proud of yourself. I'm willing to bet large sums of money, Shanaynay, that you're an overweight, unsightly lump of waste-matter to such an extent that Willow Smith would look like Miss America by comparison.

      February 1, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • zeke

      "Willow Smith would look like Miss America by comparison"

      I think you mean MR. America. There is no way that little dude is going to win any female beauty contest.

      February 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  55. CaptainObvious

    YAY! was not looking forward to seeing her in it.

    January 31, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Hello.

    different hairstyle please. thankyou.

    January 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  57. china

    is Willow masculine?

    January 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • blue

      Who would actually pay to see one will smith's spoiled little brats, I can't stand the ego driven little brats.

      February 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  58. be quiet

    good lawd that girl be ugly

    January 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sue

      All these years, I always thought Willow was a boy. The name, the hair, the face, all look like a boy. I was shocked to see "Her" and "She", and I discovered HE is a SHE. Holy cow, if "she" was a "he" He would be much cuter.

      February 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Agent J

    Looks like she won't be whipping her hair back and forth anymore because.. she doesn't... nevermind...

    January 31, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Lewis

    When the time is right her parents can afford plastic surgery. She's just a kid.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |

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