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"Beasts of the Southern Wild" Star Lands Lead Role in "Annie" Remake

Fox Searchlight(LOS ANGELES) -- Just hours before she attended the Oscars, 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis had reason to celebrate.

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced on Sunday afternoon that Wallis has been cast in the title role of a new adaptation of Annie.

The president of production for the studio said in a statement, "Quvenzhane 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."

Wallis made history this awards season by becoming the Oscars' youngest-ever actress nominee.

Annie will be produced by Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and rapper Jay-Z.  It will hit theaters during the 2014 holiday season.

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Jay-Z Handling Music for Remake of "Annie" -- More than a year after it was formally announced, it's been confirmed that Willow Smith will be starring in a modern-day remake of Annie, with her Roc Nation boss Jay-Z overseeing the music.

That's according to the remake's screenwriter Emma Thompson who tells the U.K. Press Association, she's "so excited" that Jay will be taking control of the film's score.  Hova is no stranger to the Broadway musical Annie.  He sampled music from the production for his 1998 smash, "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)."

Willow's dad, Will Smith is also in on the Annie project.  He and Thompson worked together on I Am Legend, and they star in the new movie Men in Black 3.

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