3 Reasons Why We Want Quvenzhané Wallis To Play Annie

by Danielle Pointdujour

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She’s the hottest name in the streets this awards season and she’s only 9-years-old. If you don’t know who we’re referring to then you must be sleeping under a soundproof rock, because Ms. Quvenzhané Wallis has been making noise ever since she became the youngest best actress nominee … ever!

Quvenzhané is already a star in our eyes, but now with Willow Smith dropped from her leading role in the Annie remake, we think this is the perfect opportunity for Quvenzhané to shine brighter than ever.

In our opinion, no other young actress in the game right now would be better suited for this role than Quvenzhané Wallis and we’re here to give you three reasons why.

She’s Already America’s Sweetheart

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The most amazing thing about Quvenzhané Wallis is that she has yet to be tarnished by the Hollywood life. She’s nine, looks nine and acts nine, which is more than you can say about most child stars these days.

Quvenzhané still has the innocence needed to play the role of Annie, unlike Willow, who at just three years Quvenzhané’s elder, looks like an 18-year-old college student who just left a rave. Sure this is a remake of the classic film, but some things should remain true to form and the magic of youth is one of them.

Besides, did you see the picture of her in Entertainment Weekly wearing a gold dress and a top hat? If that’s not cuteness I don’t know what is!

  • Pseudonym

    Okay, given this article, if QW playing “Annie” comes to pass, no negative articles about how Hollywood negatively portrays black women. You can’t have it both ways and complain about the outcome either way.

  • omfg

    omg. i was just thinking she’d be a great replacement. how funny. she would be the perfect annie, absolutely perfect. she’s got spunk and everybody knows who she is. she would be a box office draw as well. i hope she is being considered.

    i loved annie when i was a kid.

  • omfg

    wth are you talking about?

    annie is not a negative role. it’s just a rags to riches story.

  • Big Willy

    Honestly, I would respect your case more if you didn’t diss Willow

  • Bri

    can the girl even sing?! what kind of article is this?

  • Dee

    YES, she would be perfect.

  • Because Because Because Because Because….

    Now why would a black girl play a white girl?? If the tables were turned, Blacks would be HIGHLY upset and angry. You guys hate to see white people playing a black role. Don’t be hypocrites.

  • Pat

    You are right. It does seem as if there was already a debate about a black girl playing Annie.

    Nevertheless, Quvenzhané is perfect this role. She has the spirit and the talent. I’m hoping it does come into fruition.

  • Libby

    Honestly, I wish black young girls could have new roles written for them instead of the”black version”. Anne has been remade to DEATH and for that reason it might tank. But it will be presented as a young black girl couldn’t play Anne because audiences didn’t by it.

  • Nic

    She’s adorable and clearly a natural on camera but can she sing…b/c Annie is a musical and I’m not a fan of anyone who can’t sing playing the lead in a musical.
    Too much lip syncing already…

  • LemonNLime

    She is so cute! I love that she is holding a chick like a cell phone in that picture!

  • Nikster

    From the article:

    “The precocious 9-year-old declared “Like a 3-in-1 shampoo. Yup, I’m a 3-in-1. Triple threat!” Quvenzhané can sing, dance, and clearly she’s got the acting chops, who better to reprise the role of Annie and take it to the next level!”

    Not sure how well.

  • Mademoiselle

    As much as I want QW to succeed, I feel like this role would be a set up for failure if she took it because “Annie” renders the image of a little white girl in my head, and I wouldn’t be surprised if “mainstream” America feels the same and opts out of seeing “a classic rewritten”. It bothers me every single time black people remake white things. We have our own stories that can be told and envisioned. Stop coloring in the white faces and calling it equality/justice.

  • Eme

    You caught that too! What boggles my mind is that a couple weeks back, we were self-righteously being lectured by one of the contributors to not judge her or “concern troll”. Consistency is key, Clutch.

    However, what she said, while very mean-spirited, was true. You cannot be a punk rock girl with a fake tongue ring and then expect to play cute little orphan Annie. The role is diametrically opposed to her image and, by default, makes her role unconvincing, even if she does play it well. It would be like making Lady Gaga play Grace Ferrell, Mr. Warbucks private secretary.

  • Eme

    Not to mention the historical setting of the movie renders the role unrealistic if. I doubt that any audience would believe that a privileged White billionaire would select a Black child from an orphanage, or even that a Black child would be allowed in an orphanage, unless they were a part of the household staff.

    We have our own stories. Why aren’t we telling them?

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