Young ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ cast in remake.

It has been announced that nine years old actress Quvenzhané Wallis (‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’) has landed the lead in writer/director Will Gluck’s contemporary remake of ‘Annie.’

Gluck is currently revising the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play ‘Annie,’ book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on Harold Gray’s comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie.’ ‘Annie’ will be released winter 2014, with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith producing.

The film is being overseen by Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Wallis will next be seen starring in Steve McQueen’s ‘Shame’ follow-up ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.