QUVENZHANE WALLIS CAST AS ANNIE - Hollywood newcomer, the young star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quevenzhané Wallis will be playing the famous orphan in the new film adaptation of the Broadway musical. The news was announced yesterday through Sony Pictures Entertainment. This new adaptation which is set to film in the fall and be released in 2014, will be directed by Easy A director, Will Gluck. This contemporary version will also be produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Will Smith (whose daughter was originally going to take the role).
Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, in the title role of Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.
Commenting on the announcement, 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.”