Black actress Quvenzhane Wallis cast as Orphan Annie in remake

qwallisQuvenzhane Wallis will be walking the red carpet at tonight’s Oscars in hopes of winning the coveted golden statue for Best Actress for her role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

At nine years old, she’s the youngest ever Best Actress nominee (and second youngest nominee overall, after Justin Henry of Kramer vs. Kramer.)

While her fate at the 85th Academy Awards is uncertain at this point, her next role isn’t. The black starlet be playing Annie in a Sony remake of the musical Annie, filming later this year.

The movie has been in the pipes from a couple of years now, and is being produced by Jay-Z, as well as Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. The role of Annie was originally going to go to Will and Jada’s daughter, Willow. Delays in getting the project off the ground led to Willow, 12, being too old for the part, however.

While Annie has been remade several times, Wallis will be the first African American to play the loveable orphan on screen.


Rebecca Thompson is Landmark Report's assistant editor and a dance choreographer in Seattle, Washington. A true renaissance woman, she dabbles in arts, politics, and even hunting, at Landmark and in her offline life.

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