Young Oscar nominee cast as Annie
Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of Southern Wild.
The young Oscar-nominated star of Beasts of the Southern Wild has been cast in the lead role of a new version of Annie.
Sony Pictures announced on Sunday that Quvenzhane Wallis will play Annie in a contemporised adaptation of the Broadway musical and the Little Orphan Annie comic strip.
It's to be directed by Will Gluck, who loosely based his 2010 film Easy A on The Scarlet Letter.
The nine-year-old Quvenzhane is one of the youngest Oscar-nominated actors ever. She's also shot a small role in Steve McQueen's upcoming film, Twelve Years a Slave.
Annie is planned for release during the 2014 holiday season. Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay-Z are among the producers.
The Smiths' daughter, Willow, had originally been slated to play Annie.