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Quvenzhane Wallis To Star In ‘Annie’ Remake

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Quvenzhané Wallis is having quite the year.

After receiving an Oscar nomination for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, the youngest Best Actress nominee ever just landed the leading role in Sony Pictures/Overbrook Entertainment’s upcoming Annie.

“With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhan√© Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star,” Sony Pictures’ President of Production Hannah Minghella said in a statement to Just Jared. “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, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay-Z will produce the Broadway musical remake.

Jada and Will’s daughter Willow was originally tapped to play the role, but dropped out of the project because she wanted to take some time off from the business.

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