There’s something about child actors that almost always annoys me. I think it likely has to do with the crushing thought that these kids have done more with their lives by the time they reach double digits than I have with a major head start, but that sounds far too mature thinking for me.
There is one child actor who you’ve just gotta be soulless not to like.
Quvenzhané Wallis — she of the endless fountain of charisma, spunk and charm — has signed on to play the lead role for the remake of “Annie.” I don’t tend to like too many musicals, but with Quvenzhané (who is proving to be Arnold Schwarzenegger-like for name it will take me years to spell correctly) in it, I’ve got a sneaky suspicion this will be another I’ll enjoy.Willow “Whip my Hair” Smith was originally slated for the role, but she learned the not-so secret plight of all Hollywood actresses – once you get too old you become disposable — unless you’re Meryl Streep or Betty White. Willow turned 12 back in October and would be too old to play for the role of Annie. Don’t worry Willow. I’m sure you’ve got another completely nonsensical song in you that will somehow be a smash hit.
Here’s the official press release:
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.