2:32 pm - 02/24/2013

Quvenzhane is Annie

Quvenzhané Wallis, the Academy Award-nominated star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," will star in the title role of a new film production of the musical "Annie" for Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The announcement was made Sunday by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio.

"Annie" will be released during the winter holiday season in 2014. The film is being directed by Gluck and produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media.

Gluck is currently revising the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie.”

The film is being overseen at the studio by Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin.

"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," Minghella said. "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.”


Future two time oscar nominee really needs her own tag. Thanks for the new tag mods! <3
chikntetrazzini 24th-Feb-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
I wonder who will play Daddy Warbucks. I can't imagine the backlash if it's played by a white guy.
georgiana08 24th-Feb-2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'd love it to be Samuel L. Jackson, if only for the hilarious mental image of him singing "I Don't Need Anything But You".
holyfrijoles_2 24th-Feb-2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't know I wanted this until now.
thesilverymoon 24th-Feb-2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
I had no idea how much I wanted this until now. Thank you.
drawntoinsanity 24th-Feb-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
omg i need this
givemethepeasx 24th-Feb-2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
lol this NEEDS to happen
saikaro_x 24th-Feb-2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
lmao yessss
antoniascarlett 24th-Feb-2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
Why not a woman?
foxtree 24th-Feb-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm already wincing in anticipation of the posts if a white man is cast... though to be honest, there will be a huge debate over "realism" either way. LOL, maybe they should just go the Cinderella route and cast an Asian guy as Warbucks.

Maybe Norm Lewis?
teaaet 24th-Feb-2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
there are characters of all different ethnicities in annie; i don't think it matters if daddy warbucks is white.
bulimia 24th-Feb-2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
victor garber will always b my daddy warbucks <3
somefantastic 24th-Feb-2013 08:11 pm (UTC)

empirebird 24th-Feb-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
I hope it's Idris Elba
la_petite_singe 24th-Feb-2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
I definitely thought of that too. They really oughta mix up the cast and have all different races.
x_butterfly19_x 24th-Feb-2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
He's her adoptive dad though right, so why not?
poop_of_death 24th-Feb-2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Idris Elba or Theo from The Cosby's plz
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