'Beasts' Star Quvenzhane Wallis in the Mix for 'Annie' Remake

It's been a good year for Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis. Not only did she become the youngest Best Actress Oscar nominee last month, she locked in a role in Steve McQueen's next film, Twelve Years a Slave.

With her career rapidly rising, EW reports that Wallis is now in talks to star in Sony's remake of the Broadway musical Annie. The project, which has taken several years to get going, is being co-produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z and had initially been developed as a starring project for Smith's daughter Willow.

Willow dropped out of the project last month after aging out of the role. Will Smith recently said in an interview, "Willow was supposed to be doing Annie, we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow has such a difficult time on tour with [her song] Whip My Hair and she said, 'You know Daddy, I don't think so. I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.'"

Sony, Jay-Z and Will Smith are still very eager to proceed with the project and casting will have to be set soon as filming is slated to begin this fall. There is no release date for the film, but we can probably expect it to arrive in theaters sometime in 2014.

Do you think Wallis is a good fit for the role? Should all parties involved scrap the project and move on, much like Willow has? Sound off below!

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