'Beasts of Southern Wild' Actress in Talks for 'Annie'
2/11/2013, 12:58 p.m.
Quvenzhane Wallis, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," is reportedly in talks for the lead role in the movie version of "Annie," the popular Broadway musical.
Nine-year-old Quvenzhane, who is competing for Best Actress at this year's Academy Awards, would replace Willow Smith, 12, the daughter of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Willow is dropping out of the movie to concentrate on being a child, according to EW.com.
While director Will Gluck and producers at Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment banner and Jay-Z's Marcy Media have yet to make final casting decisions, insiders have suggested that Quvenzhane would be a big hit.