Two-time Black Reel Award winner Quvenzhané Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, will play the title role in Annie. The film is scheduled to be released during the holiday season, 2014.
“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,” Columbia Pictures president of production Hannah Minghella said.
The film is being directed by Will Gluck (Easy A) 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.