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Quvenzhane Wallis Officially Cast In Annie Remake!

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Wow! It is a GOOD day to be Quvenzhane Wallis!

The adorable nine-year-old actress is not only up for "Best Actress" at the 2013 Oscars this evening, but she has also been officially CONFIRMED for the title role in the upcoming remake of Annie, set to be directed by Will Gluck, with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter, Ty Ty Smith, Jay Brown, and of course, Jay-Z serving as the producers!

As we've already reported, the lengthy period of pre-production, which is said to be so the Easy A director can revise the screenplay's previous drafts from both Aline Brosh McKenna and Emma Thompson, ultimately caused original starlet Willow Smith to bounce off and be a normal 12-year-old!

But honestly, we think that this could be a blessing in disguise!

Willow would have obviously been FANTASTIC in the part, but having seen Quvenzhane in Beasts of the Southern Wild, we are MORE than confident that this supremely talented young lady is going to bring a whole NEW dimension to the classic musical's upcoming contemporary setting!

Congratulations! We couldn't be more thrilled for you!

What do U think?? Are U excited to see Quvenzhane as Annie?!

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45 comments to “Quvenzhane Wallis Officially Cast In Annie Remake!”

  1. ericmtl says – reply to this


    Is she going to pay shANNIEqua?

  2. Heather says – reply to this


    No racism meant but how can a black girl play annie? Annie was a little white girl with red hair and freckles…dont see this movie doing very well

  3. Thebigboot says – reply to this


    Who will be in the all white version of Roots?

  4. 4

    Re: ericmtlRe: Heather – Don't you think the story of an orphan is more important than the colour of her skin and hair?
    Re: Thebigboot – Really? No possible way to equate the two.

  5. 5

    Re: rosebud99 – I'd have to disagree with you on this one Rosebud. Lil' Orphan Annie has been well-documented as white girl with red hair and freckles. Having a non-caucasian play the role would be similar to remaking "Roots" and having a white actor play the role of Kunta Kinte.

  6. 6

    All I need to say is Iron Man…..that is all.

  7. Hmmm... says – reply to this


    I think the race has no matter with it, since they've done successful African-American versions of prominently white films and stories, like with "Cinderella" and "The Wizard of Oz." The only thing I DON'T like is that Will and Jada Smith, and Jay-Z are making it. I think they'll turn it into something that lacks the heart and soul of what the story is about and will try to make it "cool" and "relevant." Shame that Whitney Houston isn't with us, because like she did with Cinderella, it could've been good. Even Kelsey Grammer or hell, Tyler Perry and Oprah could've made this a good movie. And I think the Smiths and Jay-Z only pursued this little girl ONLY because of her acclaim in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" instead of auditioning little girls who are singers and actresses. Oh, well. Money over quality as usual.

  8. thebigboot says – reply to this


    Re: rosebud99 – Why not? All black cast vs all white cast? What's the problem, hell we could even call it revisionist history.

  9. 9

    wow, is this all hollywood has left? take hit movies and put black people in them, how lame. steel magnolias was pathetic, took the same damn movie words and all and put black actors in their place. sad, since the originals are perfect.

  10. 10

    Re: ThebigbootRe: Thebigboot – now that is funny! bradley cooper can play kutakenta.

  11. 11

    Re: Hmmm… – next they'll re-make Gone with the Wind with Beyonce's ass. Seriously if this is the extent of jzee and will and jada smith TALENT then perhaps they should re-do planet of the apes starring moochie obama and the moochettes.

  12. icandigit says – reply to this


    a black little orphan Annie? How stupid. The character was known to be a little girl with red hair and freckles even in the black and white comic strips.
    Its equivalent to having an Asian play the role of the Swiss girl Heidi or a white person playing OJ Simpson hahahaha

  13. 13

    Who cares … black, white, chinese, whatever! Just THANK GOD they didn't cast Willow Smith! That is one annoying, foul-ass looking girl! The original Annie was not a good looking girl but she came off as lovable. Watching Willow play that part would be excruciating. They'd be better off just casting Honey Boo Boo and let her run around screaming, "Holla for a dolla" the whole film. She'd be more likable.

  14. 14

    Why all the remakes these days? Why don't they write an original story with original music for the little girl to star in?

  15. EWw says – reply to this


    what an ugly child. movie will suck either way.

  16. 16

    I am looking forward to seeing this little cutie as Annie. Hollywood remakes movies all the time and it's about time that H-wood sees past just color, even if it is a marketing gimmick it is welcomed. I hope her family takes good care of her, raises her right, and protects her from the sharks that are swimming in the pool that is Hollywood.

  17. 17

    She is perfect for Annie. Little girl with curly hair. One remake I NEVER want to see done is The Sound Of Music. Don't you dare f### up my favorite movie.

  18. 18

    Re: trinigirl123 – You do know that Carrie Underwood has already been cast as Maria in the upcoming remake, don't you?

  19. taylor says – reply to this


    so clearly that make black re-makes all the time im guessing none of you saw: THE WIZ (W/ MICHEAL JACKSON,..WHICH WAS WAY BETTER.) OR CINDERELLA W/ BRANDY AND WHITNEY HOUSTON (

  20. rusty shakleford says – reply to this


    Excuse but like about 15 yrs ago didn't we have a remake of Annie from Disney do we need another dumb remake of Annie plus was Annie white with red curly hair and with cute little freckles on her face which had Aileen Quinn in it and also is o ne remake good enough Im being racist or rude but I liked the 1982 Annie better cause I grew up on that one also can Will smith and his daughter do a diffrent movie like another shark tale movie or an MIB 4 or something fresh & new cause I would not mind a diffrent film but another Annie remake screw that cause its always the good 80's films being remade

  21. Thomas says – reply to this


    Uh oh.Some HUGE controversy is about to happen.

  22. Dapple says – reply to this


    Re: thebigboot – That's like making an historical Civil War movie but the South wins. Hooray she got the part but I don't see how its gonna be Annie anymore. If they were making some sort of spoof then I can see it but not if it isn't. I love the Annie movies and all but I'm not buying it. She'll have to blow my socks off.

  23. 23

    Re: Kittens With Mittens – Really? NOOOOOOOOO!————————— As long as it's not a true story, or doesn't affect it in a significant way, I think races can change. Like Angelina in Wanted, that character is black, but it's okay.

  24. Stacie says – reply to this


    Re: Thebigboot – So? It's not like her red hair and whiteness was essential to the story line. Remember Brandy as Cinderella? I loved that and as a kid it didn't occur to me that she wasn't *supposed* to play the role because Cinderella was originally created as a white blond woman.

  25. Stacie says – reply to this


    Who cares that she isn't a white red head? Stop pretending you're some kind of movie purist. Her hair and whiteness was not central to the story line and, guess what, Hollywood changes stories around all the time without people making a big fuss. How about the Cinderella remake of Brandy? Loved that movie as a kid.

  26. 26

    Re: rosebud99 – There is a big problem with the tendency of darkies to steal something and remake it in their own, ape-like, classless images instead of COMING UP WITH THEIR OWN STUFF. Annie is the story of a white orphan girl, not some obnoxious, spoiled darkie who's going to ghetto her way through it. As for this Wallis brat, when I see her in interviews, I roll my eyes. She is obviously a mouth with few brain cells, and the terror of her parents. I hope that we see nothing more of her, just as we've seen no more of that obese gorilla who played Precious. All the niggs know how to do is take things and ruin them. They're incapable of creating their own art, and I'm sick of seeing their shameless behavior and equally sick of assholes like you excusing it.

  27. TriniImperial says – reply to this


    Wow, maybe all this venom about her playing Annie, explains why so many people were okay with her being called a C***. And just how many times have we seen ethnic characters of a story get whitewashed. Shouldn't acting ability be all that matters? What happened to that?

  28. deb says – reply to this


    Re: Heather – that's why it's called a REMAKE.
    oh and i wonder if you or other people get upset when hollywood WHITEWASHES movies that are originally about or involve people of color. Do you even know or care? Nah, keep enjoying your privilege and ability to see people that look like you dominate media. (if you aren't white, well, I feel sad for you) Anyway, yeah, you'll get over it.

    Oh, I can't wait to see the closet racists (who have black friends and like rap so aren't racist *sarcasm*) come out of the wood works with this one. This is going to be an event.

  29. 29

    Re: Heather – that's why it's called a REMAKE.
    oh and i wonder if you or other people get upset when hollywood WHITEWASHES movies that are originally about or involve people of color. Do you even know or care? Nah, keep enjoying your privilege and ability to see people that look like you dominate media. (if you aren't white, well, I feel sad for you) Anyway, yeah, you'll get over it.

    Oh, I can't wait to see the closet racists (who have black friends and like rap so aren't racist *sarcasm*) come out of the wood works with this one. This is going to be an event.

  30. 30

    A majority of the comments here reveal a pack of racist, ignorant, pig farmers - who cling to their guns and their book of fables. My God, is that what this country has become. That majority need to take their tiny brains and AK-47's and misinterpretation of the 2nd. Amendment and shove it up their unwipped assholes.

  31. F**** Pansy says – reply to this


    SRe: Pansy Hunter – shut up bitch

  32. BB Fortune says – reply to this


    Re: Heather – The same way they cast white women like Liz Taylor as cleopatra, creative license.

  33. BB Fortune says – reply to this


    Re: Pansy Hunter – Don't you have a Klan meeting to get to? I hear they have a huge sale on white sheets at walmart. Why don't you go stock up that is if you can stop screwing your cousin for five minutes to leave the trailer park.

  34. YesSheDid says – reply to this


    Angelina Jolie in a Mighty Heart- Al Pacino in Scarface - David Carradine in Kung Fu
    Angelica Houston - The Perez Family - Robert Downey Jr. - Tropic Thunder
    Robbie Benson - Walk Proud Warner Oland - Charlie Chan, Luise Rainer - The Good Earth and the already mentioned Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra. A long history of whites playing non-whites FY motha fuc** I

  35. Dham2013 says – reply to this


    Re: Kittens With Mittens

    Well documented? Annie is a fictional character, dumbass. This isn't a biopic for Margaret Thatcher.

  36. DHam says – reply to this


    Re: icandigit
    …Or white people playing Asian characters…. Oops, that's been done time and time again.

  37. Dham2013 says – reply to this


    Re: Pansy Hunter – You're a vile piece of dog shit. I hope you never procreate. Do humanity a favor, kill yourself.

  38. Aaliyah says – reply to this


    Loooooool you guys can keep coming with the racist comments its not gonna stop them making the movie or using a black girl as Annie .

  39. brownsucre says – reply to this


    Re: Kittens With Mittens – That would be in no way similar. Roots is based on historical events. Annie is a fictional orphan. You can't be serious.

  40. brownsucre says – reply to this


    I find it sad that people have an issue with her being black. Actually that makes the story BETTER. Sure some whites struggle but there is an extrememly disproportionate amount of black children in the system compared to white. Let's be honest the face of the hard knock life is brown. I also think it's sad that just because she's black, people feel they can't relate to her yet people of color relate to white characters just fine. You claim to be colorblind and that poc are the ones with the problem but that's just not true. Actions speak louder than words!

  41. Trisha says – reply to this


    I agree, it is a story written about a cute curly redhead. If that story was written that way, why try to change it? Just like they did "The WIz" based on the WIzard of OZ.
    If the role was originally a cute African American girl, the same would apply. Why cant people stick to the original script anymore?

  42. Trisha says – reply to this


    Re: Muskratlove – I so agree with you. Why not make a story for her instead of taking a classic like Annie? All we need is for JZ to change the songs to rap songs. That would make me vomit. Make up your own stuff, Stop stealing ORIGINAL scripts…

  43. Bella1 says – reply to this


    All I have to ask is why? I cannot picture Annie being any other way than a precious red curly haired girl with freckles. Could WIll and Jada not come up with something on their own?
    Why steal a classic and change it up like this? I am sorry , but Daddy Warbucks falls in love with a little red headed white girl, not an African American, Asian, Hispanic , Indian etc…
    It is disrespectful to change someone's original story and masterpiece because they want this little girl to play the role. All we need is for them to change up the beautiful music to rap. That is criminal. I know this cute little girl has talent, but come on. Might as well start changing Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and the rest of these classic tales.

  44. Bella1 says – reply to this


    Re: taylor – Why mess with classics though. Are writers and directors running out of material and stories that they have to remake classics using completely different character than the ORIGINALS? Whitney Houston and Brandi? Glad I missed that one.
    If I write a story about a young red headed white little girl, I am not going to place a black girl in the role. And if I wrote a story of a little black girl, I am not going to place a white little girl in the role. Why Annie? Why? I don't see hispanics, Irish, Indians, Italians making remakes of classics. What is next? Remake of Gone with the Wind featuring Kim and Kanye?

  45. TrinaK says – reply to this


    The story is not about a little black girl, so why make it that way? Jade and Will need to make up a story that does not involve a red haired freckled face little girl. This has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with the right character for the right role.
    This little girl is precious and talented, and a whole lot of stories and scrips can be written for her. Come up with your own story Will and Jada. And J Zee is involved? What a mess.