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Sony announced today that its remake of Annie will hit theaters on Christmas Day 2014.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the news comes just a few days after the studio cast Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role. The 9-year-old actress was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild and was announced as Annie just hours before Sunday’s ceremony.
Last month, the project finally gained some traction when Easy A director Will Gluck signed on to direct the film. It had been in the works for a few years, with Will Smith’s daughter Willow tapped to play Annie. But she has since outgrown the role of the famous little orphan.
“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,” Sony president of production Hannah Minghella said in a statement. “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.”
Jay-Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are among the producers still attached to the project.
Annie was first filmed in 1982 by director John Huston and is also returning to Broadway soon.