Monday, April 15, 2024

New “Annie” Movie Gets a Star: Quvenzhane Wallis of “Beasts”


Quvenzhane Wallis, the nine year old star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” has a new iconic role to play: Little Orphan Annie. Will Smith and James Lassiter are producing yet a new version of the musical “Annie” for the movies, with a mostly African American cast. Oscar nominated Quvenhane has landed the role. You may know that the little girl was discovered by director Benh Zeitlin in New Orleans when she was six. She had no acting experience–or any kind of experience. But the little girl is proving to be quite the find, a natural so to speak. But we’re always worried about child stars. Hopefully things will go well here, with no terrible miseries or scandals down the road involving — well, we all know what could happen.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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