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Quvenzhane Wallis could be next big-screen 'Annie'

By Sara Vilkomerson, EW.com
updated 3:33 PM EST, Fri February 8, 2013
Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis is in consideration for the
Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis is in consideration for the "Annie" remake, but no decisions have been made.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Quvenzhané Wallis is in consideration to star in the "Annie" remake
  • A studio rep stresses that no casting decisions have been made
  • Will Smith's daughter Willow was previously attached, but aged out of the role

(EW.com) -- It's been a good month for Quvenzhané Wallis!

Not only is the actress, now 9, the youngest-ever Best Actress nominee for her role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," but EW has learned that she's in consideration to star in Sony's upcoming remake of the Broadway musical "Annie."

EW.com: Oscars 2013 profiles: Quvenzhané Wallis

A studio rep stresses, though, that newly named director Will Gluck ("Easy A") and the producers at Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment banner and Jay-Z's Marcy Media, which have been developing the project, have yet to make any casting decisions.

The film had initially been developed as a potential starring vehicle for Smith's now-12-year-old daughter, Willow, who dropped out of the project last month after aging out of the role.

EW.com: 'Easy A' director Will Gluck in talks to helm 'Annie' remake

The elder Smith recently told Temple University: "Willow was supposed to be doing Annie, we got Jay-Z to do the movie, go the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with 'Whip my Hair' and she said, 'You know Daddy,' I don't think so," Smith said, adding that his daughter also told him, "I have a better idea, how about I just be 12."

See the original story at EW.com.

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