Young actress to lead adaptation of the bestseller… Quvenzhané Wallis (‘Annie,’ ’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’) is set to take the lead role in an adaptation of Holly Goldberg Sloan’s bestselling novel ‘Counting by 7s,’ says Deadline. 11-year-old Wallis will play Willow Chance, a bright young girl who, after the death of her adoptive parents, is taken in by an unlikely surrogate family and an unfit guidance counsellor. “I am honoured to play the role of Willow in Counting by 7s,” Wallis said in a statement. “I love the message behind the story. I am excited to be a part of it and to see it come to life.” Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan are producing, alongside Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympus Pictures.