Quvenzhane Wallis may not walk off with a best actress Academy Award on Sunday night, but Oscar day brought official news of a prize role for the 9-year-old "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star: She'll star as "Annie" in a new take on the classic orphan girl.
The film, due for release in late 2014, is to be directed by "Easy A" helmer Will Gluck and produced by Sony's Columbia Pictures division, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media and Gluck.
In a statement, Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio, said: "With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhane Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star."
The Smiths' daughter, Willow, was originally slated for the role but apparently aged out of consideration as the project has taken several years to get off the ground. In January 2011, Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad said in a statement that Willow "will be perfect in this role."