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With young singer/actress famously telling her dad she wanted to "just be 12" before dropping out of the lead role of Annie, the hunt was on to recast the lead.

Casting agents had to look no further than an Academy Award nominee, as it turned out. has signed on to fill the role that Smith vacated.

President of Production for Columbia Pictures, Hannah Minghella, had this to say about the adorable actress:

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.

Personally, I think this is an upgrade, and the fact they're now able to attach "Academy Award nominee" to everything they do can only boost the movie's credibility. It already has some huge names in entertainment and music attached to it behind the scenes. The film is being directed by and produced by , , and through Overbrook Entertainment, and by , Jay Brown, and through Marcy Media.

Word on the street is that Gluck is making some revisions to the script, so filming might be delayed. Annie is set for release during the holiday season of 2014.

In the meantime, audiences can next check out Quvenzhané in 12 Years A Slave with and , due to hit theaters later this year.


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