February 24, 2013 at 10:52 am #93013
Just got Sony’s press release moments ago
QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS TO PLAY ANNIE
FOR OVERBROOK ENTERTAINMENT, MARCY MEDIA AND
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
CULVER CITY, Calif., February 24, 2013 –
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.”
Annie will be released during the
winter holiday season in 2014. The film is being directed by Gluck 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. Gluck is currently revising the film’s screenplay, which
was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the
musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse,
lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media
Services, Inc. The film is being overseen at the studio by Andrea Giannetti and
QUVENZHANEÌ WALLIS’ favorite pastimes are reading,
singing, dancing, acting, and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. Her favorite TV
stars/singers are China McClain, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. Her favorite
sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Her upcoming films
include a role in Twelve Years a Slave with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and
director Steve McQueen.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a
subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass
motion picture production and distribution; television production and
distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel
network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio
facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and
technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional
information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/
Overbrook Entertainment, founded by partners James Lassiter,
Will Smith and run along with partner Jada Pinkett Smith, is committed to
offering the highest quality entertainment focused in film and television and
has produced a diverse slate of both critically acclaimed and blockbuster
feature films, which have generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide
box office receipts and even more in home video sales.
Overbrook’s most successful films include ALI, HITCH, PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, I AM
LEGEND, HANCOCK, SECRET LIVES OF BEES, and most recently THE KARATE KID.
Overbrook’s next feature project is AFTER EARTH, which is set for a June 7th,
2013 release. They are also producing Queen Latifah’s syndicated daytime talk
show with Sony Pictures Television that will premiere this fall.February 24, 2013 at 11:10 am #93015
Wasn’t Will Smith’s daughter supposed to play this role? She must be pissed.February 24, 2013 at 11:16 am #93016
Wasn’t Will Smith’s daughter supposed to play this role? She must be pissed.
Nope. Smith’s daughter essentially told her dad that she wanted a break from the whole Hollywood thing and thereby dropped out of the role.February 24, 2013 at 11:17 am #93017
Smart girl.February 24, 2013 at 11:18 am #93018
I don’t like the original, to be honest. Hopefully the hip-hop version will be fun.February 24, 2013 at 11:19 am #93019
No, she got older than the character as the production was delayed is apparently the main reason.
Wallis is going to shine on the Red Carpet tonight. Really happy for all of you who have been so passionate for her.February 24, 2013 at 11:21 am #93020
My, my, my this little girl is going no where! First the Steve McQueen film and now this? Very happy for Wallis! She is simply the most adorable thing on the planet, and has more talent than her little body can consume!February 24, 2013 at 11:22 am #93021
She’s the man. She’s the man!February 24, 2013 at 11:26 am #93022
Good for her! She deserves it. And now when this film comes out and she slays again she’ll prove her performance in Beasts was the real deal.February 24, 2013 at 11:26 am #93023
Wow first the movie with Brad Pitt. Now shes remaking Annie. She deserves it all.February 24, 2013 at 11:28 am #93024
Wow, what amazing news. Shes probably gonna kill it just like in BOTSW.February 24, 2013 at 11:32 am #93025
My, my, my this little girl is going no where! First the Steve McQueen film and now this? Very happy for Wallis! She is simply the most adorable thing on the planet, and has more talent than her little body can consume!
Couldn’t have said it better, Miss Frost. 🙂February 24, 2013 at 11:34 am #93026
I’m excited for her!!!!!February 24, 2013 at 11:46 am #93027
Work Little Q!
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