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Quvenzhané Wallis: From the Bathtub to "Easy Street"?
The young star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" may soon be showing off her singing abilities as she's in talks to take on the title role in "Annie," according to Inside Movies.
"Annie" is based on the Broadway musical (which was based on Harold Gray's "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip) about a lovable orphan who finds herself out from under the thumb of mean ol' Miss Hannigan and into the home and later the heart of gruff billionaire Daddy Warbucks. The Depression-set show features such classic songs as "Easy Street," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Maybe," "Hard Knock Life," "N.Y.C." and, of course, "Tomorrow."
The musical was previously adapted for film in 1982, featuring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters, and as a TV movie in 1999, featuring Alicia Morton, Victor Garber, Kathy Bates, Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming and Kristen Chenoweth.
This new version will feature music by Jay-Z and is being produced by Will Smith (who may also be playing Daddy Warbucks) and directed by Will Gluck ("Easy A"). Smith's daughter Willow was originally attached to play the title role but dropped out last month after aging out of the part at 12 years old.
We know Miss Wallis can carry an entire movie on her shoulders after her astonishing debut in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; now we'll see if she can carry a tune, too (she probably can). Meanwhile, she currently makes for the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee at age 9.