Quvenzhane Wallis could be the next big-screen 'Annie'

EW has learned that she’s in consideration to star in Sony’s upcoming remake of the Broadway musical Annie. A studio rep stresses, though, that newly named director Will Gluck (Easy A) and the producers at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment banner and Jay-Z’s Marcy Media, which have been developing the project, have yet to make any casting decisions.

The film had initially been developed as a potential starring vehicle for Smith’s now-12-year-old daughter, Willow, who dropped out of the project last month after aging out of the role. The elder Smith recently told Temple University: “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,” Smith said, adding that his daughter also told him, “I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.”