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Quvenzhane Wallis to play title role in 'Annie' movie

Published on Feb 25, 2013 6:22 AM
Actress Quvenzhané Wallis arrives at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. -- FILE PHOTO:AP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Nine-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis will play the title role in Annie, Sony's Columbia Pictures announced on Sunday.

Annie is due to hit theatres in 2014 during the winter holiday season, and is based on the stage play about an orphan's adventures in finding her family and a better life while overcoming the schemes of orphanage mistress Miss Hannigan.

President of production at Columbia Pictures Hannah Minghella expressed confidence in Wallis' talent and star power. "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 said.

"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."

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