Deanne Cooper Staff Writer
Quvenzhane Wallis, star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, received the official news today that she will be the star of the new adaptation of “Annie”. The new screen adaptation of “Annie” is being directed by Will Gluck (Easy A), and produced by Sony’s Columbia Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment, Division, Marcy Media, and Gluck. Originally, the role was meant for Willow Smith, daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, but with the delays in production, she has aged out of consideration, which left an opening in which Wallis was a perfect fit.
President of production for Columbia, Hannah Minghella, had this to say about Wallis. “With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhane Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star.” Minghella adds, “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.”
“Beasts” has been nominated for four Academy Awards tonight, including Wallis for best actress. Though she might not walk away with the Oscar, she has definitely walked away with hearts all over the country for her portrayal of Hushpuppy in “Beasts”. At nine years old, the Louisiana native is making relatively big waves and they don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. And as a Louisiana native myself, I couldn’t be happier about that.