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Quvenzhané Wallis lands Annie lead role

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR nominated child actress Quvenzhané Wallis is to play the title role in Annie, it has been announced.

A statement put out by Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad and president of production Hannah Minghella confirmed that the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild had secured the coveted role in the remake.

Minghella said: “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.

“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 Gluck (of Easy A fame) will direct the film, which is being produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gluck is currently revising the film’s script, which was originally written by Emma Thompson and re-written by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play Annie.

Annie was previously filmed in 1982 by director John Huston.

Shooting on the remake is due to begin later this year and the film is scheduled to be released during the 2014 holiday season.

Wallis has been in-demand ever since completing Beasts and will next be seen in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave alongside Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.

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