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Quvenzhane Wallis’ “Annie” Slated for 2014 Christmas Release

Posted Wednesday February 27, 2013 5:50 PM GMT

She won the hearts of movie fans the world over with her performance in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and now Quvenzhané Wallis is thrilled about her new lead role in “Annie.”

According to a report, the Broadway musical adaptation will hit theaters in December 25th, 2014 as part of the holiday film season.

Sony Pictures honcho Hannah Minghella told press, “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.”

Will Gluck has signed on to direct the film which is being produced by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Marcy Media.

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